Dolphins should get as much out of Ricky as possible
You know Gado, right? He's the guy the Dolphins signed two weeks ago to be a backup to Patrick Cobbs, who is the backup to Jesse Chatman, who is the backup to Ronnie Brown.
So looking at this situation, it matters not one iota to me that Ricky has had a troubled past with the Dolphins. It matters to me not one shred that he is a little flaky or that some fans and players had their feelings hurt when he let the team down, not once, but twice.
Forget all that emotional baggage. All that matters to me is he is a commodity to the Dolphins and around the NFL.
So the Dolphins should look at his return coldly, dispassionately and make an assessment of the guy as a football player. And as a football player, they should put him to the best possible use.
That means they should allow him to bring the level of talent in the locker room up a significant notch. They should put him in the best possible position to succeed. And they should let him get after the teams on Miami's schedule starting with the Nov. 26 game at Pittsburgh when his reinstatement says he can finally play.
Why, you ask? Aren't the Dolphins simply better to walk away from the guy who has broken their hearts several times in the past?
I don't think so. Williams can bring something to the team now. Maybe that's a couple of good games out of him this season. Maybe that's a draft pick in the offseason. Whatever it is, the Dolphins owe it to themselves and their fans to milk Ricky for everything he's got to offer.
In this case, pride and the moral high ground (whatever that is) needs to take a back seat to pragmatism.
Cam Cameron, who will make a call on Ricky after talking to him today, might not be inclined to embrace Ricky as Nick Saban did. He certainly has not sounded enthusiastic about Ricky to this point. But he owes his football team the professionalism to make a sound football decision regardless of any personal feelings he may have.
Finally, let me leave you with what I believe is the most compelling reason to welcome Ricky back now and let him play a lot if he's in shape to do so.
Jesse Chatman is unsigned and a free agent after this season. The more opportunities the Dolphins give him to succeed the remainder of this season, the more he likely will attract attention. And that means the more money he will ask, and likely get, in free agency. Why should the Dolphins showcase Chatman, possibly so another team can fall in love with him and snatch him away?
Instead, the Dolphins should showcase Ricky. Letting Ricky and Chatman share snaps would limit Chatman's numbers while increasing Ricky's numbers. Then in the offseason, Miami can either keep Ricky with the idea that he is still valuable. Or they can trade him, perhaps for a higher pick, after letting the rest of the NFL see he's a still a pretty good player.
It may sound cold, but so what? It's smart decision-making. And that's how the Dolphins should approach this emotional situation.