Ricky running around in circles

The Ricky Williams story took another twist this week when it was revealed he had contacted Coach Dave Wannstedt and brought up the possibility of returning to the Dolphins. Of course, he did so by placing a couple of conditions for his return. Now, should that really surprise anyone? And should the Dolphins really want this guy back at this point?

First, let us point out that among Williams' demands were an increase in salary and a reduction in carries.

Now, I'm no agent, but isn't walking away from the team a week before the start of training camp a rather ineffective way of negotiating a new contract?

As for the number of carries, Williams is right when he says he was overused the last two seasons. There can be no denying that.

Seriously, the Dolphins pounded this guy and there were games when they really didn't need to do that.

But again, trying to dictate things after walking away ... no the way to do it.

It also is common knowledge by now that Williams disapproved of the choice of Chris Foerster to become offensive coordinator after Joel Collier stepped down only a few months after replacing Norv Turner.

On this point, we again will agree with Williams, whose contention was that it should have been Marc Trestman, who guided the high-powered Oakland offense just two seasons ago.

Wannstedt missed the boat at that one, and we're still maintaining it was a matter of being able to keep a tight rein on an offense he never wants to see become pass-happy.

But that's a different column. Again, Williams is a player and it's not his place to dictate to the Dolphins who should be hired for what job.

The real reason behind the phone call in the first place was that Williams and his agent, Leigh Steinberg, are trying to take preventive measures after the Dolphins sent out a letter seeking repayment of over $8 million in bonus money.

Let's face it, it's not exactly chump change.

Wannstedt told Williams to forget about his conditions. On the contrary, Wannstedt thinks Williams should apologize for walking out on the team.

At the very least, Williams owes his teammates a big-time explanation, and that's even if he never plays with them again.

At this point, though, why would the Dolphins want him? Yes, he's by far better than anybody else the Dolphins have at the position. But can he really be trusted from this point on?

What the Dolphins really should do, if Williams is serious about coming back, is try to get as much as they possibly can in return in a trade. First-round pick perhaps? Who knows?

For right now, the Dolphins have more important things to worry about than Williams, though. They are problems that Williams, in large part, created.


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