Defensive tackle Pat Williams will be thinking about packing it in, too.
According to Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Williams says there’s a 50-50 chance that he’ll retire.
“I feel good [physically],” Williams said. “But yesterday was tough on
me. It was draining. You do all that work during the season, so you
just feel drained.”
(Pat, ask a few Vikings fans how they feel. And they didn’t even get paid for it.)
“I do it because I have fun,” Williams said. “I don’t do it for
anything else so if I ain’t having fun I’m not going to do it. I
always have fun being around these guys. I like coming to work every
day, laughing with these guys. So if I don’t feel like I’m going to
have fun I ain’t going to do it.”
That’s fine, but there aren’t many jobs that pay a guy $4.25 million in 2010 base salary to have fun.
But with an uncapped year coming and plenty of veteran players finally thinking about feathering that lockout nest, we suspect that more than a few of them will rattle the sword of retirement in the hopes of getting a new deal in an environment with unlimited spending.