Late For Work 4/2: Ricky Williams Would Unretire For These Two Teams

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Posted by Sarah Ellison on Monday, April 2nd, 2012 at 9:17 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Ricky Would Unretire For These Two Teams

When running back Ricky Williams unexpectedly retired in February, everyone and their moms believed there was a possibility he would return.


Only, the expectation was that he would return to Baltimore to finish out the final season of his two-year deal with the Ravens.

So it came as no surprise that Williams made headlines last week, saying he would consider coming out of retirement. But it was surprising that he wouldn’t come back for the Ravens, who currently own his rights.

“The only way right now I would come back is if the Chargers called me,” Williams told a Texas radio station Wednesday. “It would be hard to turn San Diego down.”

Williams added if Bill Parcells, who was the one that first brought up the idea of retiring in February, were to become New Orleans’ head coach, he would also unretire for the Saints. Parcells was Williams’ mentor when they were both with the Miami Dolphins.

“If he does, I have to add New Orleans to the mix with San Diego,” Williams said. “The Big Tuna is one of my favorite people in the whole world, and I think if he did decide to do it, I think it’d be a huge benefit to the team, to the city, to everyone involved.”

There is a tiny problem with Williams’ plans, however.

He can’t play for those teams without the Ravens’ consent.

The team placed Williams on the reserve/retired list earlier this month, which means he can only play in Baltimore if he were to unretire.

“So, Williams’ choices are either to stay retired or play for the Ravens,” wrote AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley. “The Chargers are not an option unless they are willing to trade for the 34-year-old backup. “Baltimore probably wouldn’t be interested in moving Williams because it still could use him to back up Ray Rice.”

The Chargers may not even be interested as they “have not had any discussions” with Williams’ agent, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Michael Gehlken.

And while there is a chance he will be, Parcells has not been hired as the Saints coach.

Williams’ retirement in February was his second after first hanging up his cleats in 2004.

Ravens Host Four DB Prospects For Visits

The Ravens hosted four defensive backs – three corners and one safety – for official visits Friday, according to the Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson.

Here’s breakdown of all four:

CB Josh Robinson, Central Florida
Junior, 5-foot-10, 199 pounds
10 INTs, 36 pass deflections in three years
Notes: Two-time All Conference USA first teamer, clocked fastest unofficial 40-yard time (4.33 seconds) at combine

CB Ron Brooks, LSU
Senior, 5-foot-10, 190 pounds
3 INTs, returning all for TDs in four seasons
Notes: Played in every game over last four years, often playing in nickel and dime packages and serving as a gunner in punt coverage

S Philip Thomas, Syracuse
Junior, 5-foot-11, 198 pounds
6 INTS, 82 tackles last season
Notes: Decided to declare early for the draft rather than serve a year-long suspension for an athletic department violation

CB Buddy Jackson, Pitt
Junior, 6-foot-1, 187 pounds
34 tackles, 4 pass deflections, 1 fumble recovery as a reserve and on special teams last season
Notes: Excelled as a return specialist, averaging 23.6 yards per kick return and returned one 98 yards for a touchdown

Bisciotti More Engaged Than Ever With Harbaugh

It’s been four years since Owner Steve Bisciotti took a chance on hiring little-known special teams and secondary coach John Harbaugh from the Eagles.

All this time later, the thing that pleases Bisciotti the most is his head coach’s desire to learn. Harbaugh never acts like he already “gets” everything there is to know about the NFL, says Bisciotti.

“When somebody thinks they understand it all, then they stop learning and then I lose interest in them,” Bisciotti told CSNBaltimore.com. “And I haven’t lost interest. I’m more engaged with John now than I was four years ago.”

They’re Almost Heeeeeere …

Ravens long snapper Morgon Cox is pumped for the new Nike uniforms, which will be unveiled tomorrow.

“Can’t wait,” he tweeted after watching this Nike promo video:

What Are They Up To?

   
 
WR Torrey Smith is kickin’ it with Chelsea Clinton, assembling care packages for military members   QB Tyrod Taylor goes to church with his mom   CB and proud father Danny Gorrer celebrates his daughter’s eighth birthday

Also, running back Ray Rice was stuck in traffic this weekend and wasn’t happy about it. “Dear I-95 you suck and I don’t like you during rush hour,” tweeted Rice (hopefully not while driving).

Running back Anthony Allen, who will have a shot at the backup running back position this season, liked what The Baltimore Sun had to say about him, re-tweeting the paper’s story. The retirement of his mentor, Williams, gives Allen the “chance to shine.”

Quick Hits

  • jeffzrebiecsun: At Torrey Smith’s charity hoops game in Va. Smith, who had sports hernia surgery in late Jan., is playing but he’s going to take it easy. … Smith said that he has been warned by Ravens trainers to not do any “Vince Carter” stuff. [Twitter]
  • jeffzrebiecsun: Other #Ravens in attendance: Ray Rice, Tyrod Taylor, Anthony Allen, LaQuan Williams, Terrence Cody, Bryan Hall. [Twitter]
  • Is Derrick Mason hoping to play another season in the NFL? … deemason85: Great morning! Just ran a 4.49 in 40 yard dash. The comeback has started [Twitter]
  • I threw up in my mouth a little bit while reading this. Click on it if you dare … Readers’ favorite memories of Hines Ward. [ESPN]
  • An April Fool’s joke that Smith apparently liked because he re-tweeted it. … Ravens_247: @TorreySmithWR to donate a dread for charity auction for every TD he scores in 2012.
  • Only the Saints ($1.4 million) and Panthers ($623,000) have less room under the cap than the Ravens ($1.7 million). AFC North rival Cincinnati Bengals have the most cap money left ($20.5 million), but aren’t expected to spend it all. [NFL.com]

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