Ricky Williams is now a member of the Miami Dolphins. Olin Kreutz won't be blocking for him there, though.
The former Heisman Trophy-winning running back was dealt to the Dolphins by New Orleans on Friday. Even though he averaged more than 1,000 yards a season with the Saints, Williams never really fit in.
"The biggest plus for me is I'm coming into a situation where they already have a good team. They're just adding a good player," Williams said. "I'm going to be surrounded with talent. I'm not going to feel like it's my job to win games. I just have to do my part."
He'll have to do it without running behind Kreutz.
The free-agent center, pursued by the Dolphins, re-signed with Chicago, leaving Miami to look elsewhere in an attempt to strengthen its offensive line.
Williams, the 1998 Heisman winner, gives Miami its best running back since the 1970s, when Larry Csonka, Jim Kiick and Mercury Morris led the team to two Super Bowl victories.
The former Texas star was deemed expendable by New Orleans because of his sometimes nonconformist behavior and because the Saints drafted Deuce McAllister in the first round last year.
Williams was not the only player changing teams on Friday. Wide receiver Terry Glenn was dealt from New England to Green Bay.
Glenn missed most of last season after being suspended for four games for a substance abuse violation, then because of differences with Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
The Packers sent a fourth-round pick in the 2002 draft to the Patriots with a pick next year that will depend on Glenn's performance.
"I'm looking forward to being a part of this storied tradition that so many football fans follow with such incredible passion," Glenn said in a statement. "To play for Coach (Mike) Sherman and in the same offense with Brett Favre is a great opportunity."
The Packers also re-signed offensive guard Mike Wahle, an unrestricted free agent who started every game last season. With Wahle, the Packers will return their entire offensive line from last season.
Elsewhere, cornerback Aaron Beasley, cut by Jacksonville for salary cap reasons, signed with the New York Jets. New York lost both of last year's starting cornerbacks, Aaron Glenn and Marcus Coleman, to Houston in the expansion draft.
The Williams trade brought the Saints some of the picks they lost when former coach Mike Ditka traded away the team's entire 1999 draft to get Williams. Miami traded a first-round pick in 2002 and a third-round pick in 2003 that could become a first-rounder depending on how Williams performs.
The teams also swapped fourth-round selections in next month's draft.
"The extra draft picks allow us to concentrate on some of the other areas of our team that need to be addressed, so we can keep building this team through the draft," Saints general manager Randy Mueller said.
The Dolphins had been hoping that Kreutz, who was voted to the Pro Bowl last season, would be blocking for Williams. But after spending two days in Miami, he re-signed with the Bears for a deal that included a $7 million signing bonus.
The Dolphins also dealt running back J.J. Johnson to Cleveland for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2004. They also agreed to terms with injury-plagued guard Leon Searcy on a one-year, $750,000 contract.
Johnson's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, confirmed the trade, but Browns spokesman Todd Stewart said the team was awaiting paperwork before officially announcing the deal.
The Packers, meanwhile, hope that Glenn gives Favre the speed receiver he's been lacking.
Glenn set an NFL rookie record with 90 catches in 1996 and made the Pro Bowl in 1999, when he caught 69 passes for 1,147 yards and four touchdowns. He is fifth on the Patriots' career receiving list with 4,669 yards and fourth in catches with 329.
But he was suspended last season for missing a drug test, and the team stopped paying installments on his signing bonus. He stayed out of camp until Belichick suspended him for the rest of the season, but the team suspension was overturned by an arbitrator.
Glenn later was inactive for six games because of a hamstring injury and a contract dispute, and he was suspended by the team for the game Dec. 2 against the New York Jets after he refused to practice.
Glenn came back and played three more games before the Patriots put him on the inactive list for the regular-season finale against Carolina.
In other free agency moves Friday:
-- Buffalo re-signed center Bill Conaty, who became a starter last season after four years as a backup. He played all 16 games last season despite separating his shoulder on Oct. 18.
-- Tampa Bay's Warrick Dunn, who wants to become an every-down back, worked out with Philadelphia. He left without signing a contract, noting that Jon Gruden, the Bucs' new coach, had made "a great sales pitch" to get him back.
-- Fullback Fred Beasley agreed to a four-year, $6.075 million contract to remain with the San Francisco 49ers. They have retained two of their four key free agents after signing Beasley and center Jeremy Newberry.
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