We have basically assumed the Vikings would cut 2010 Walter Payton Man of the Year recipient Madieu Williams before the 2011 season because of the $5.4 million salary he’s due.
Vikings coach Leslier Frazier seems to have other ideas. In comments at the owner’s meetings last week, Frazier indicated Williams would have every shot to make the team again as a starter. Frazier also said he hasn’t given up on 2008 second-round pick Tyrell Johnson, who fell out of favor during the 2010 season.
“This will be [Johnson's] fourth year. This is the time,” Frazier said via Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
It sounds like Johnson and Williams will compete for the starting free safety spot next year. Considering Williams’ big salary, we’d think that Johnson would have the edge in getting the job if the two players are close in a competition.