Will Ricky Williams come out of retirement in order to return to the NFL? Williams, still an effective running back, unexpectedly announced his retirement from the Baltimore Ravens and the NFL at the conclusion on the 2011 regular season. Could a return to the league in 2012 be in store? Perhaps.
Ricky Williams told a Texas radio station this week that he would consider a return to the league if the San Diego Chargers came calling. “The only way right now I would come back is if the Chargers called me. It would be hard to turn down the Chargers,” Williams said. If the Chargers called, this would be the second time Williams came out of retirement to rejoin the NFL, first retiring from the Miami Dolphins.
The eccentric running back will turn 35 in May, but has continued to be effective in limited action. Williams averaged 4.1 yards per carry last season with the Ravens. The San Diego Union-Tribune claims that the Chargers have not reached out to Williams as of yet. After losing RB Mike Tolbert in free agency and given the injury history associated with RB Ryan Mathews, at the right price, adding Williams might not be a bad option for the Chargers.
Later in the radio interview, Williams admitted that he might want to join the New Orleans Saints if Bill Parcells takes the job as the team’s interim head coach next season, saying that Parcells is one of his favorite people. That move is not likely to happen as the New Orleans Saints have one of the deepest running back rosters in the league.
It appears that Williams would answer the phone if an NFL team comes calling for the 2012 season.