After losing RB Willis McGahee to the Broncos and FB Le'Ron McClain to the Chiefs early in free agency, the Ravens added to their backfield on Monday, signing RB Ricky Williams to a two-year deal worth $4 million. The news was first reported by Pro Football Talk.
Williams, who has been with the Dolphins since 2002, is expected to be the primary backup for Ray Rice in Baltimore. No longer the every-down back he was in his prime, Williams scored three touchdowns last season after finding the endzone 13 times in '09. He is, however, quite durable, playing in all 48 Miami games the past three years after playing in only one total between 2006-07.
The way we see it
Williams might be 34 and past his prime, but his body has held up well. Part of that may be due to the time off he took in the middle of his career, but he has proven to be a tough runner even as he's evolved into a backup role. Last year he gained more four yards per carry, and he should be able to step right in and fill the Ravens' short-yardage void left by McGahee and McClain.