Baltimore Ravens Agree To Terms With Veteran Ricky Williams

More drama in the Bears camp after the Soldier Field conditions fiasco and the release of Olin Kreutz.

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Baltimore Ravens Agree To Terms With Veteran Ricky Williams

The Baltimore Ravens and 34-year old running back Ricky Williams have agreed to a two-year contract in which Williams will step in as a backup for starter Ray Rice.

The Ravens mark the third pro team Williams has played for during an interesting career since being drafted fifth overall in 1999 by the New Orleans Saints

Williams has shown he still has flashes of ability left in the gas tank after rushing for for 673 yards last year for the Dolphins, and averaging a solid 4.2 yards per carry. During the 2009 season Williams rushed for 1121 yards, the fifth time in his career that he passed the 1000 yard mark in a season.

In Baltimore Williams will take on the role that Willis McGahee served behind Rice, before moving to the Denver Broncos during free agency.

If Williams can stay healthy he will be a valuable asset to the Ravens offense and should improve upon the 380 rushing yards that McGahee provided Baltimore with last season.

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NFL Free Agency: What Is The Kansas City Chiefs Plan At Nose Tackle?

The Kansas City Chiefs drafted Jerrel Powe from Ole Miss with their 6th round pick in 2011. It was widely believed that Powe couldplay a role on the team during his rookie season as a potential rotational player as he gets used to the NFL game. Every hour that passes by during free agency that the nose tackle position isn't addressed, it's more likely that Powe will see a larger role as a rookie that many originally believed.

It still seems as if the best situation for Powe would be to learn from a veteran for a year or two before he becomes 'the guy' and has to man the most important position on the Chiefs defense. That veteran player was thought to possibly be Ron Edwards. But since Edwards just recently agreed to a contract with the Carolina Panthers that is not the case anymore.

According to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star, the Chiefs had been in negotiations with Smith on a contract for the 2011 season and possibly beyond. Smith has the ability to play nose tackle and when he came to Kansas City last year it was as a nose tackle that many believed the majority of his snaps would come from. But with Tyson Jackson's injury early in the 2010 season, Smith had to fill in at defensive end, and did so very well.

The free agent market has been very quiet for nose tackles and besides the Washington Redskins picking up Barry Cofield from the Giants, who has played DT in a 4/3 in New York, there haven't been any free agent signings on nose tackles. Brandon Mebane, Pat Williams, Kelly Gregg and Aubrayo Franklin are the players on the market who are looking for their new homes.

Jason La Canfora of the NFL network said earlier on his blog that  "Franklin is expected by many to land in Kansas City". This had Chiefs fans excited as Franklin is by far the 'prize' of the free agent nose tackle market and is widely viewed as a last-piece-of-the-puzzle for an up-and-coming Chiefs defense.

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NFL Free Agency Rumors: Terrance Copper Joining Casey Weigmann In Returning To The Kansas City Chiefs

Eight-year NFL veteran Terrance Copper will be returning for his third season with the Kansas City Chiefs after word just came out that he will be returning to the team with a new three-year contract.

The 6'0" 207 lb East Carolina product has been a vital member of the special teams unit for the Chiefs over the past two seasons.

In 31 games with Kansas City (including five starts), Copper has had 22 receptions for 225 yards. At 29-years old he will provide veteran leadership for a team that will be welcoming a new wide receiver in highly-touted first round selection Jonathan Baldwin.

Copper's best season as a pro came in 2006 for the Saints when he had 23 receptions for 385 yards and three touchdowns.

He clearly fits General Manager Scott Pioli's vision of "The Right 53" and will be welcomed back as a key member of the special teams unit.

The deal is obviously not official until Friday afternoon when players can begin to sign contracts, but Copper will be joining Casey Weigmann in returning to Kansas City.

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