Ricky might be Argo Monday
Dolphins ready to give okay: Report
Boatmen assure nothing changed
May 19, 2006. 06:36 AM
Ricky Williams might be a step closer to being in a Toronto Argonauts uniform when the team begins full two-a-day workouts on Monday.
According to a report on SI.com, the Miami Dolphins were set to give the suspended running back permission to sign a one-year deal with the Argos on the understanding that he would be released at the end of the season and return to the NFL club.
When contacted early last evening, Argo president Keith Pelley insisted the situation had not changed ... that the team still had not received permission from the Dolphins to begin negotiating with Williams.
"We haven't talked to them (yesterday)," he said. "Nothing has changed."
The Argos placed Williams, 29 on Sunday, on their negotiation list after he was handed a one-year suspension by the NFL when he failed a drug test for the fourth time in six years.
Harvey Greene, a spokesman for the Dolphins, said the team was not prepared to comment publicly whether the team was willing to let Williams join the Argos for a season.
"Ricky hasn't publicly stated that he's asked us for permission to play for Toronto," Greene said. "Until he does so, we feel we don't have to comment publicly either."
Greene acknowledged that the Dolphins have had discussions with Williams and his agent Leigh Steinberg about playing in the CFL this season.
"But those discussions were held in private and, as long as they are private, we won't comment on them," he said.
Steinberg did not return calls left at his Newport Beach, Calif., office.
The SI.com report, written by senior NFL writer Michael Silver, reported that the Dolphins wanted written assurance from the Argos that they would release Williams at the end of the CFL season.
Williams' latest suspension resulted from a drug-test failure last December. He has insisted it was a false-positive and the substance found in his system was a herbal medicine connected with his yoga practice
Heck, I might even go to an Argos game this year if that happens. That's quite a novelty..