Williams signed a two-year contract worth about $2.5 million with some incentives that could put the contract’s value at $4 million total. He will serve as a backup to starting running back Ray Rice.
Williams (full name Errick Lynne Williams, Jr.) now helps fill a gap in the Ravens backfield created by the departures of Willis McGahee and Le’Ron McClain.
Ricky Williams, 34, has 9,565 yards rushing in 131 career games. Last year, he rushed for 673 yards while sharing carries for the Miami Dolphins with Ronnie Brown.
Brown has since joined the Philadelphia Eagles for the 2011 season.
Williams had been with Miami since 2002, and had been with the team longer than any other player currently on the roster. He retired for one season in 2004 and played in just a single NFL game in 2006-07 when he served a suspension for violating the league’s drug program.
In 2009, Williams became the full-time running after Brown was injured and finished out the year with 1,121 yards, his highest total since 2003.
Williams was just 302 yards away from becoming the Dolphins’ all-time leading rusher and surpassing Larry Csonka.
- Ricky Williams joins the Ravens (profootballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- Source: Ricky Williams to join Ravens’ backfield (espn.go.com)