Ricky Williams has spent his months since being reinstated by the NFL away from the spotlight. A week after Dolphins new VP of Operations Bill Parcells was hired, Ricky had the option in his contract picked up. That is the only news to date on the oft suspended RB. Until yesterday. Finally after a month or so of speculation, Ricky Williams finally met with Bill Parcells. So finally, after sustaining an injury to his arm shortly after returning for a year long suspension, Ricky Williams is back in the news, and this time, the headline doesn’t read: “Failed another test“…Yet.
So what was the impression that Ricky received? According to his agent and the soft spoken one it was very uplifting and positive. In fact Ricky said on the Dan Patrick radio show the other night that Bill Parcells told him “he wanted me and that he really believed in me”. I have heard that phrase before when I picked up patients on drugs and their mothers were crying a good-bye. Of course Sally Field’s acceptance speech at the oscars also sounds close…”Everybody Likes Me!”
What is impressing on fans is that the words “failed test” has yet to be uttered by someone in the news. That bit of information goes a long way to erase the notion that Ricky Williams is not “habitual” when in fact the only thing Ricky Williams is, is unpredictable.
It is my opinion, and mine alone in terms of writing this that the Dolphins should use this calm in Ricky’s life to finally move him out of the organization. Ricky is a nice guy, a person that I am sure many would love to be around if they didn’t have to count on him. So far, Bill has risked nothing in keeping him around, one more positive test and that is all she wrote. With the draft moving closer and teams aching for a very good running back, Ricky may be an option down the road. The problem is Ricky has zero trade value.
He is not worth a draft pick. It is that simple. Even a conditional one.
Ricky may not play for Miami next year, all signs however point to the contrary. If he does not, he will fall into that trade category of a name that goes along with the transaction to balance it out. This is what I hope the Ricky Williams future holds…especially the immediate future.
This team is not in a position to compete for a title, or the playoffs. Ricky knows that, he feels no pressure. When this team is ready, Ricky will either be A: gone or B: suspended. He will not be playing for the Miami Dolphins in two years when this team begins to take it to the next level.
Ricky maybe saying the right things to his coach and the dumb things as well like “If I were a GM I wouldn’t trust me” when asked by Patrick if anyone should trust Ricky Williams. That is who we have here. A nice flaky guy who has tremendous talent but can’t get it together.
Yes, Ricky Williams is back in the news. For now, it’s relatively quiet, but his annual breakdown isn’t for another two months or so. The funny thing about Ricky Williams is not the phone calls from the Dorito people asking why he isn’t buying, it’s that when his name is mentioned, you don’t hear, “fabulous, exciting, rare, game changing, and needed”. Instead you hear and debate words like “Pot, failed, unreliable, needs the money, suspension, habitual, and wasted talent”, even when the news has nothing to do with them.