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Morris Wants To Bring Back Ruud, Williams

Running back Cadillac Williams and middle linebacker Barrett Ruud, the Buccaneers first two picks in the 2005 NFL Draft, will both hit the unrestricted free agent market this off-season.

LeGarrette Blount has replaced Williams as the team’s feature back, and the Buccaneers used a 2011 third-round pick on University of Washington linebacker Mason Foster, but head coach Raheem Morris wouldn’t mind bringing both Williams and Ruud back next season.

“First of all, you mentioned two guys with great character,” Morris said according to Anwar Richardson of The Tampa Tribune. “Two leaders in our community and two guys that gave us great service throughout their time and hopefully it can continue.

“We’ll get a chance to sit down when all the collective bargaining agreement stuff is solved. We’ll get a chance to find out if we can have both of those guys back on our football team, the two guys that we know we’ll have in free agency right now. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

The longer the lockout lingers, the more valuable free agents are to their former team (and vice-versa). Denied an opportunity to test free agency in 2010, Williams and Ruud can be expected to see what sort of offers are out there whenever the 2011 league year begins.

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