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New Orleans Saints History: Saints Trade Ricky Williams to Dolphins

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On this day in Saints history, March 8th, 2002, the team dealt their controversial, Heisman-winning running back to the Miami Dolphins.

Jamie Squire

After just three short seasons for the Saints, Errick Lynne "Ricky" Williams, Jr. was shipped off to the Miami Dolphins exactly twelve years ago to the day.

On March 8, 2002, the Saints traded Williams to the Dolphins for a first-round selection in the 2002 draft and a conditional third-round selection in 2003, which was eventually upgraded to a first-round pick in 2003 based on Williams' performance. In addition, the teams swapped positions in the fourth round of the 2002 draft, dropping the Saints from 114th overall to 125th overall.

The Saints would eventually choose defensive end Charles Grant (25th overall) with that 2002 first round pick and Keyuo Craver with the swapped fourth round pick. In the 2003 draft, the Saints traded their newly acquired first round pick (18th overall), along with their own first round pick (17th overall) to the Cardinals in order to move up to 6th overall, where they selected Jonathan Sullivan.