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Dolphins Progress on Williams Deal

March 7, 2002

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) _ The Miami Dolphins made progress Thursday in their bid to acquire running back Ricky Williams, senior vice president Rick Spielman said. But New Orleans Saints officials left town without a deal.

Saints general manager Randy Mueller and coach Jim Haslett were in Coral Gables to attend an NFL draft workout for University of Miami players. Following the session, Mueller and Spielman met for more than half an hour.

The trade would involve Williams and draft picks, potentially two first-rounders. Cleveland also has made an offer for the former Heisman Trophy winner.

``There are a few tweaks we made here and there,″ Spielman said. ``We came to a happy medium on some things. There’s still some work to get done.″

Before flying back to New Orleans, Mueller said a deal wasn’t certain.

``I don’t know,″ he said. ``There are still some things that both sides would want to agree on if we did it. I can’t say if it will happen or not.″

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