Friday, April 20, 2007

Williams draws interest; RB coach fired

Even though he has yet to be reinstated, RB Ricky Williams has drawn interest from the St. Louis Rams, whose head coach Scott Linehan was Miami's offensive coordinator in 2005. On Thursday, Linehan said that he would consider trading for Williams to serve as RB Steven Jackson's backup.

I would be against trading Ricky unless the compensation was too good to resist (a second or third-round draft pick) or if Adrian Peterson somehow fell to the No. 9 spot in the upcoming draft and QB Brady Quinn had already been selected. Neither of these options seems likely. Keeping Ricky has nothing to do with my assessment of Ronnie Brown. Brown is an excellent back and he should continue to improve. But in this day and age, a two-RB system is the only way to protect your workhorse from wearing out very quickly both during the season and over his career. Trading Ricky would leave a gigantic question mark as far as depth behind Ronnie. I know Ricky has proven to be less than reliable in the past, but it really seems that he has changed this time (call me gullible, but I believe him). Having a backup of his caliber and for his price-tag is irresistible. His presence allows Miami to protect its investment in Ronnie.


In a puzzling move, the team fired RBs coach Bobby Williams on Thursday. No immediate reasons were given. I'm sure this story will continue to unfold in the coming days. As for right now, it's all speculation.


Although it is highly unlikely that QB Cleo Lemon or SS Yeremiah Bell will receive an offer sheet from another team before today's deadline, Bell's agent said he will not immediately sign his one-year $1.3 million tender with Miami. Instead, he will look to sign a longer-term deal. Lemon's agent said that Cleo will likely sign the one-year deal, which will allow him to become an unrestricted free agent after next season.

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