Is anyone really surprised that Ricky Williams wants to stay in Toronto? He’s never cared about NFL stardom, he’s having the most fun he’s had playing football in years, he likes the idea of playing in a less structured, less specialized form of football.
So why was his agent, Leigh Steinberg, so adamant about bringing him back to Miami next year? Is it just because Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga insists Ricky still owes him money? Or does Steinberg want a bigger chunk from Ricky than he’s getting?
Personally, if I were the owner of the Argonauts or the commissioner of the CFL, I would find a way to buy out Ricky’s contract, settle the debt with Huizenga, and let Ricky stay as long as he wants. There hasn’t been this much American interest in Canadian football since the CFL tried to expand into America in the 1990s — and there wasn’t that much interest then. That league should want him as much as he wants the CFL, especially if his Argonauts make it to the Grey Cup final. That may be the most-watched Grey Cup game in the U.S. since the Baltimore Stallions won it in 1995.
Besides, Ricky will turn 30 next year, and the NFL never trusts a running back over 30.
Really, what’s the harm? Let the man go. He was never meant for the NFL, anyway…