WHAT NOW?

The sudden retirement of Ricky Williams has left the Dolphins in a precarious position at running back less than a week before the start of training camp. With Williams gone, who will carry the load at running back for the Dolphins?

The options don't appear that exciting at this point.

On the Dolphins roster, the two possibilities are going with backup Travis Minor or using free agent pick-up Sammy Morris, who was signed as a fullback or has experience as a tailback.

Of those two, we like Morris a little more because Minor simply doesn't look like a full-time back to us.

But having Sammy Morris as the starting halfback isn't ideal, either.

So what other options do the Dolphins have?

The free agent market has practically nothing left now that Eddie George and Antowain Smith have signed with Dallas and Tennessee, respectively.

So that leaves a trade as an option. The Dolphins obviously can trade picks to get a running back from a team with a surplus — think Minnesota or Chicago — or they could dangle unsigned restricted free agent Adewale Ogunleye.

There aren't any big-name running backs said to be on the market, but the Dolphins might interest some team with the right offer.

The one thing that's certain is the Dolphins need to do something between now and the start of the regular season.


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