Baltimore Ravens Sign Ricky Williams
With Willis McGahee and Le’Ron McClain both gone to the AFC West, the Baltimore Ravens needed to address a rather large vacancy in the backfield.
So, it was announced Monday morning by ProFootballTalk.com that former Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams will fill the void, signing a two-year deal worth up to $4 million.
Williams has spent the last seven seasons of his unusual career with the Miami Dolphins, where he ran for 673 yards with a pair of touchdowns in 2010.
However, the 34-year-old is just two years removed from a season in which he rushed for over 1,100 yards with 11 scores.
He’ll be backing up Ray Rice with the Ravens.
At this stage of his career, Williams is fairly unlikely to make much of a mark fantasy-wise. Ray Rice is entrenched as the starter in the backfield, and we’ll likely see Williams handling some fullback duties, as well.
Williams will still get some carries, though, and may even prove to be a nice short-yardage or goal-line option. He’ll have a chance to make an impact, but he’s likely best served as a flex fill-in, if you need him. As for Rice, the presence of a solid goal-line option hurts his chances at improving in the touchdown department. His value takes a minor hit.