Almost as soon as Ricky Williams was done telling the Dolphins he was retiring after five seasons, Edgerrin James was expressing interest in returning to South Florida to play for the team with a big hole at running back, according to the Miami Herald.

The newspaper reported James ó who is an unrestricted free agent after this season ó told several people he wouldn't mind returning to the place where he grew up and later starred at the University of Miami.

James is also thought not to like living in Indianapolis, where he is about to enter his sixth season as the Colts' running back.

James also reportedly said he would love to be traded. But that isn't likely to happen, especially when you consider the Colts are Super Bowl contenders (in some circles) for the upcoming season.

The Dolphins, however, are eager to turn the page at running back. To that end, coach Dave Wannstedt has said Travis Minor will be the No. 1 running back when the team begins training camp practices Saturday.

What's more, Wannstedt reportedly said he will no longer attempt to coax the 27-year-old Williams out of retirement.

''You just have to move on and get it behind you,'' Wannstedt said.

Williams' retirement saves the team $3.735 against the salary cap. That apparently leaves a little room for the team to possibly sign a tough inside runner like James Stewart.

It might also free up some money to offer contract extensions to defensive end Adewale Ogunleye and wide receiver Chris Chambers.




So I think it is time to TRADE HIM NOW. Get a REALLY good defensive player from them, and either use Dominic Rhodes as a starter, or Mungro or Allen, or get someone else. I think this may not be as bad, but we really do need a GOOD runner to open the play action. Otherwise, we screwed. But it looks as though James will bolt next year if we don't trade him now.