The Dolphins have made what might be a final offer to the Saints to acquire running back Ricky Williams, but the Cleveland Browns also have joined the sweepstakes.<P>

Miami reportedly dropped is demand that the Saints include a second-round pick in the 2002 draft in the deal and now is willing to accept a third-rounder along with Williams in exchange for a first-round pick, a fourth-round pick and a third-round pick next year that would become a second-round choice if Williams rushes for at least 1,300 yards.

The Browns are believed to be offering a package that includes one or two players, as well as their first-round pick. Where Cleveland might have an advantage is that its first-round pick will be the 16th or 17th overall, depending on a coin flip, whereas Miami's first-round selection is the 25th overall.

If they're unable to land Williams, the Dolphins are prepared. They would begin discussions with representatives of free agents Garrison Hearst, Warrick Dunn and James Allen.

It doesn't appear at this point any deal will be made involving either Jaguars running back Fred Taylor or Eagles halfback Duce Staley.

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