Oh Canada? Say it won't happen, Ricky
Remember that bug bite while Williams was living in a tent? It caused a leg to swell so violently, Williams thought he was going to die alone in the outback?
Well, the latest freako drama the erstwhile Dolphins running back must now deal with is this story that he might play in the CFL. That's the has-been and never-was league up north that plays on the extra-wide, extra-long field with the funky motion rules.
Seems the Toronto Argonauts got this wild hair idea that Ricky Williams might be a fit for them, you know, now that he won't be playing NFL football the next 12 months or so.
Hey, why not? They figure they'll give Williams a chance to stay in shape while he's preparing for his 2007 NFL return and he can earn about $100,000 extra Canadian dollars in the process. Williams didn't come up with the idea, and as of Thursday night, hadn't heard about it.
But the strange stuff just chases him as if it were a tackler.
Anyway, the Dolphins are privately not too thrilled by the idea. On Wednesday, they told The Herald that there was no way Williams could play in Canada. Then on Thursday they pulled back from that because, woops, there really is a chance it can happen if Williams pursues the matter.
Leigh Steinberg, who is Williams' agent, confirms the Argos called to show interest but says he hasn't talked to Ricky and will advise his client to pretty much do whatever the Dolphins say. If the team says OK, then he can think about it.
If Miami says forget it, Williams will be advised to forget it because he doesn't want to breach his contract and jeopardize his 2007 return.
So if I'm the Dolphins, I say forget it.
The only way this team can get some value out of Williams in the future is if he returns intact and ready to play for Miami. Even if he never actually steps foot on the field for the Dolphins again, at least he'll have some (thismuch) trade value.
But if Williams blows out a knee while playing on bad CFL artificial fields, how does that help Miami? If he comes back worn out after carrying a CFL team on his back, how does that help Miami?
I realize Williams has financial obligations and isn't getting paid during his NFL mandated suspension. But how is $100 large going to help him long-term?
It just seems too bizarre. And it just seems so Ricky Williams.