Ravens backup Running Back Ricky Williams is retiring and this time it appears to be for good.
The 34-year-old Williams told the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday he won’t be back to fulfill the second year of a contract he signed in August. Williams reached a career milestone when he became the 26th player in NFL history to reach 10,000 yards rushing, reaching the plateau in the season finale at Cincinnati.
Williams fit in well with the Ravens locker room and received praise from Head Coach John Harbaugh and backfield mate, Ray Rice.
Rice said, “I was a big fan of Ricky before we were teammates, but being around him this year is the best thing that happened to me in my NFL career,” Rice said. “As a young player, you need to be around a guy who knows what he is doing, and Ricky was tremendous to learn from. The way he took care of his body and the way he prepared, he always showed that he is a true professional. This past season with him is a year I will never forget”
The front office has also extended the possibility that if Williams were to change his mind before next season Baltimore would be happy to bring him back in a similar role as in 2011.
With Williams gone, does that mean that second-year man Anthony Allen gets the back-up job or will Baltimore look to fill the need in free agency or the upcoming draft?