It's the first time we have heard those words from either Saban or Williams, who as everyone knows walked away from the Dolphins a week before the start of training camp last summer.
Williams returning to the Dolphins isn't as simple as him just showing up at team headquarters.
First and foremost is the matter of his standing with the league. Because of his positive tests for marijuana, Williams is subject to a league suspension and there has been no definitive word as to how that situation would get resolved.
Several Dolphins players have said this offseason they would welcome Williams back if he were to return, and he no doubt could help a Dolphins offense that struggled badly last season.
Another possibility would be for the Dolphins to trade Williams, but it's not likely he would bring much in return until other teams were satisfied he was in it for the long run.
The last reports had Williams back in California attending his holistic healing classes.