First of all, I hope everyone has a happy and healthy Labor Day. And since it is Labor Day, and because yesterday was a busy day here, today's post will be rather brief.
As you all know by know, the Dolphins did indeed sign Ricky Williams to an extension that keeps him in Miami through the 2009 season. But the Palm Beach Post's Ben Volin seems to think that this move could have much deeper implications. He writes that Ricky's extension could eventually lead to Ronnie's departure from Miami. Volin says:
The move, if true, keeps the Dolphins’ two-headed backfield of Williams and Ronnie Brown under contract for the next two seasons. But it also further clouds the future of Brown, the Dolphins’ No. 2 overall draft pick in 2005.
Not only is Brown 10 months removed from a torn ACL, he also is a much more expensive option at running back. He is due approximately $3.6 million in base salary in each of 2008 and 2009, and then $5 million in 2010, the last year of his rookie contract.
If Williams proves he can stay healthy (and stay away from the sticky icky), Brown could become expendable.
Why do people insist and bringing up the idea that Ronnie Brown, Miami's #2 draft pick in the 2005 draft, could potentially be shopped by this new regime? Seriously. I don't understand it.
Maybe Ben's just trying to generate some buzz for his blog. Because, honestly, it makes no sense for the Dolphins to even think about sending Brown packing. We all saw last season just how great he can be when he's healthy and is given a chance. And those who call Brown "injury-prone" are wrong. A sprained ankle - which he suffered towards the end of '05 - can happen to anybody. And nobody can argue that his '06 injury - an injured wrist after having his hand caught in Boss Bailey's face mask - was anything other a freak injury and an example of bad luck. And last year? Brown tore his ACL trying to make a tackle after damn Cleo Lemon threw a totally ill-advised pass - one that he should have never thrown.
So that "injury-prone" argument holds no water with me. But more importantly, Ronnie Brown can be a top 5 running back in this league. There's no doubt about it.
I think that Ricky's extension, if anything, just shows how this coaching staff recognizes that the NFL is becoming a "two-back" league. You have to have 2 good running backs if you want to better your chances of winning. Locking Ricky up now for 2009 simply assures this team of having those two backs for at least 2 seasons - barring any off-the-field issues Ricky may have.
And brings up another point. Why would the Dolphins even think about trading Brown when Ricky - as committed as he seems now - is as flaky as they come? We all know that he's one piss test away from essentially ending his NFL career. Then who steps in? Jalen Parmele? I don't think so.
Bottom line: I'd be 100% shocked and 100% pissed off if this regime even thinks about trading Ronnie Brown at any point over the remaining life of his contract.
But I want to know what you all think. Tell us below...