Ricky Williams RB BAL Nov 17 '77

Ricky Williams has reportedly informed Ravens officials that he will retire after 11 NFL seasons.

The Ravens would have welcomed him back at age 35, and Profootballtalk reports "there's a feeling he could return later in the offseason." Williams' colorful career has been one given to whims, so it would hardly be a surprise if he reverses the decision down the road. A dichotomy in shoulder pads, Williams' bruising, take-no-prisoners running style was offset by a softer, soul-searching side rarely seen among high-profile NFL stars. If this is truly the end, Williams finishes with 10,009 rushing yards, 2,606 receiving yards, and 74 TDs. A first-team All Pro in 2002, Williams is one of 26 backs in history to reach 10,000 yards.

Ricky Williams RB BAL Nov 10 '77

Ricky Williams told Ravens.com that he plans to play a 12th season in 2012.

"My body feels good and I know I'm going to train hard and so I'm excited about next year," said Williams, who turns 35 in May. "... I'm not so surprised I've played this long, but I am surprised at how good I feel." The Ravens will eventually need to begin thinking about a better long-term No. 2 back behind Ray Rice, but Williams can hold down the fort for one more season.

Ricky Williams RB BAL Nov 01 '77

Ricky Williams rushed six times for 22 yards in the Ravens' AFC Championship Game loss to New England.

Williams was an effective change-of-pace back throughout the season and chipped in a robust 49 postseason yards on 12 carries (4.08 YPC) while spelling Ray Rice. Ricky turns 35 in May, but is still playing at a high enough level that the Ravens figure to bring him back at his $1.5 million base salary.

Ricky Williams RB BAL Oct 31 '77

Ricky Williams hopes to remain with the Ravens in 2012.

Williams served as a nice change-up to Ray Rice during his first season in Baltimore, averaging 4.1 yards on 108 carries. Under contract for a manageable $1.5 million in 2012, it's likely Williams will be retained for his age-35 campaign.

Ricky Williams RB BAL Oct 14 '771 Comment

Ricky Williams has become the 26th player in NFL history to record 10,000 rushing yards in a career.

LaDainian Tomlinson and Thomas Jones are the only other active players in the club. Though Williams is the oldest of the trio, he's also the one with the most left in the tank after averaging 4.1 yards per on 108 carries as Ray Rice's valuable backup. Turning 35 in May, Williams is signed for $1.5 million in 2012.

Ricky Williams RB BAL Oct 12 '77

Ricky Williams rushed six times for 28 yards in the Ravens' Week 17 win over the Bengals.

His regular season ends with 444 yards and two touchdowns on 108 carries (4.11 YPC). Williams has a little bit of gas left in the tank, but not much. He will continue to serve as Ray Rice's caddy during the NFL postseason.

Ricky Williams RB BAL Oct 03 '77

Ricky Williams rushed 10 times for 45 yards and caught two passes for 21 yards in the Ravens' Week 16 win over Cleveland.

Williams experienced an uptick in workload because Baltimore jumped out to an early two-touchdown lead. The Browns made the game relatively close at the end. Williams, at age 34, has lost several steps and it's been apparent this season. He'll remain Ray Rice's caddy in Week 17 against the Bengals.

Ricky Williams RB BAL Sep 28 '77

Ricky Williams carried the ball just three times for 20 yards in Baltimore's Week 15 loss to the Chargers.

Williams was dropped out of the offense after Baltimore dug itself into a 17-point hole minutes into the second half. Although the Ravens will surely go ground-and-pound in Week 16 against a Browns team they abused for 290 yards rushing in Week 13 (including 76 from Williams), he's nothing more than a desperation bet in deeper leagues for the final week of the fantasy playoffs.

Ricky Williams RB BAL Sep 21 '77

Ricky Williams rushed seven times for 13 yards as the Ravens took down the Colts 24-10 in Week 14.

Ricky had a big Week 13 effort in a week with a game flow similar to this one's (early 24-3 Baltimore lead), but the reality is Williams has lost several steps at age 34. Ray Rice also played the entire game, racking up 32 touches. Williams has some appeal as a handcuff to Rice, but he lacks independent fantasy value.

Ricky Williams RB BAL Sep 14 '77

Ricky Williams rushed 16 times for 76 yards and a touchdown as the Ravens whipped the Browns in Week 13.

The Ravens clearly game planned to attack the Browns on the ground, and Williams finished with season highs across the board. He did not see an increased role because of an injury to Ray Rice, who racked up 214 yards on 31 touches. Williams' role may be growing due to Baltimore's increased emphasis on running the football, but he won't be a quality fantasy option against the Colts, Chargers, or Browns in the final three fantasy weeks.