Williams saga continues

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:50 AM ET

If the Miami Dolphins give them permission to negotiate a contract with Ricky Williams, the Argos brass wants to meet face-to-face with the running back to evaluate his character.

Specifically, the Argos want to make sure he is not smoking marijuana and will advocate the harmful effects of drugs.

That was conveyed by Argos president Keith Pelley yesterday in two conversations with Williams' agent, Leigh Steinberg. It was the first time they had talked since Toronto placed Williams on its negotiation list two weeks ago. Steinberg also talked to Williams and Dolphins' president Bryan Wiedmeier. Pelley thinks something could happen in the next two days.

The Dolphins have to agree to allow Williams to play in the CFL while he's under contract to the team and suspended by the NFL for the 2006 season for violating the substance abuse policy a fourth time.

"There is one thing crystal clear from a football perspective: His on-field talent is not something we're worried about, it's everything else," Pelley said. "We've spent two years building a brand. He would have to fit into that brand of being a role model in the community."


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