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Ravens bring in ex-Saints enigma Ricky Williams

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Owings Mills, MD (Sports Network) - The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to terms with running back Ricky Williams.

The team's Twitter account said Williams has agreed to a multi-year deal and will take his physical on Tuesday.

Williams, a former NFL rushing champion with the Miami Dolphins, will help shoulder the load as a backup to Ray Rice after the Ravens cut Willis McGahee, who in turn signed as a free agent with Denver.

In a reserve role last year in Miami, Williams ran for 673 yards with two touchdowns and caught 19 passes for 141 yards with a score. He ran for 1,121 yards with 11 touchdowns in 2009.

The 34-year-old veteran spent his first three NFL seasons with the New Orleans Saints, who traded all six of their choices in the 1999 draft, and two picks the following year, to move up and select the former Texas standout with the fifth overall pick in 1999.

Williams twice reached the 1,000-yard plateau with the Saints, then led the NFL with 1,853 rushing yards in his first season with Miami in 2002. He added 1,372 yards the following year, then abruptly retired just before training camp in 2004.

The 1998 Heisman Trophy winner rejoined the Dolphins in 2005, only after the team had demanded that he return bonus money for breach of contract. He then was suspended for the 2006 season after his fourth violation of the league's drug policy.

Unable to play in the NFL in 2006, Williams inked a one-year deal with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. With the Argos, he rushed for 623 yards on 124 carries and caught 24 passes for 193 yards. He also missed two months of the season due to a broken arm.

Williams played just one game in 2007 before beginning his resurgence in 2008. He has played all 16 games each of the past three seasons.

In all, Williams has run for 9,565 yards with 64 touchdowns in 131 NFL games.

 

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