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Ex-Dolphin Williams signs with Ravens

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens signed veteran running back Ricky Williams on Monday to a two-year deal to replace Willis McGahee, who they let go days before training camp.

The former Heisman Trophy winner played last season with the Dolphins, and if everything goes well with his physical today, Williams will work in tandem with Ray Rice.

A former Pro Bowl player, last season Williams, 34, split time with Ronnie Brown in Miami and averaged 4.2 yards per carry. He gained 673 yards and scored two touchdowns.

Williams has rushed for 9,569 career yards and 68 touchdowns, recording 325 receptions for 2,523 yards and eight touchdowns.

"It gives us a proven playmaker, an outstanding runner, an outstanding receiver and an outstanding pass protector," offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said. "He knows this system and he has played extremely well in this system."

Ellis flips to Patriots

Defensive end Shaun Ellis is switching sides in one of the NFL's most intense rivalries.

The two-time Pro Bowl selection signed with the Patriots after 11 seasons with the Jets. The Patriots also signed free agent defensive end Andre Carter, who played 10 seasons with the 49ers and Redskins.

"It's the same; I'm just on the other side now," Ellis, 34, said. "…It feels like a place that's all about winning, like they have been. I'm just happy to be a part of it."

The Jets had said that they wanted Ellis back but offered only the veteran minimum of $910,000 and, Ellis said, refused to increase it substantially when he went back for a final offer.

"There's no way I'm going to wish him well," Jets coach Rex Ryan said Sunday. "… I wish him to be healthy, but I don't want him to play that well."

Broncos: The team released its depth chart and former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow remains No. 2 behind starter Kyle Orton but ahead of Brady Quinn.

Eagles: Receiver DeSean Jackson ended his 11-day holdout, reported to camp and went through an afternoon walkthrough, though he still wants a new contract. He is slated to earn $565,000 this season, the final one of his four-year rookie deal.

49ers: Free agent safety Dashon Goldson rejoined the team after agreeing to terms on a one-year contract.

Lions: Running back Mikel Leshoure tore his left Achilles' tendon and is out for the season.

Steelers: Receiver Hines Ward, 35, completed his first practice in more than six months after being cleared to come off the physically unable to perform list following offseason thumb surgery.

Titans: Cornerback Cortland Finnegan apologized for bolting training camp, saying he left because he was upset over talks for an extension. Coach Mike Munchak said Finnegan will be fined, and the corner says he will pay it.

Obituary: Jerry Smith, whose 26-year NFL coaching career included a stint as the Broncos interim head coach in 1971, died Saturday at age 80.

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Ricky Williams

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Ricky Williams, obtained from the Saints in 2002, leaves the Dolphins for the Ravens as one of the franchise's top runners:

6,436 rushing yards, second to Larry Csonka's 6,737

1,853 rushing yards in 2002, a team record

228 rushing yards, a single-game team record, against the Bills on Dec. 1, 2002

48 career rushing

touchdowns, second to Csonka's 53

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