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Pat Williams says he’s “50-50” to return to Vikings


Defensive tackle Pat Williams‘ contract is up with the Vikings, and many have suspected he’d land elsewhere as a 38-year-old on a team trying to get younger.

But the door isn’t completely shut.

Williams spoke to reporters at teammate Ray Edwards‘ boxing match Friday night, and said he’s now “50-50” to re-sign with Minnesota. Williams revealed that coach Leslie Frazier contacted him during the brief lockout lift late last month and indicated he’s still part of the Vikings’ plans.

Williams also told reporters that he’s “soured” on the Vikings’ front office. But Frazier and Williams were able to “get some stuff straight” during their conversation.

The Vikings annually have one of the NFL’s stingiest run defenses, in large part because of Williams’ massive presence in the middle.

The team’s alternatives to Big Pat include Letroy Guion, Jimmy Kennedy, and rookie Christian Ballard.

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17 Responses to “Pat Williams says he’s “50-50” to return to Vikings”
  1. baous says: May 20, 2011 10:15 PM

    But do the Vikes want him back? They’ve made it clear they wanna get younger all around

  2. dbellina says: May 20, 2011 10:17 PM

    Evan, it’s fat Pat not big Pat.

  3. judgejuday says: May 20, 2011 10:21 PM


    The article says Leslie Frazier called him and said he is part of the vikings plans…

    Work on your reading comprehension

  4. commandercornpone says: May 20, 2011 10:26 PM

    still probly better than most

  5. denverhighrize says: May 20, 2011 10:30 PM

    Yes they want to get younger…translation = cheaper. This guy is a PRO. He still has value. The real issue isn’t whether the Vikings want him it’s more if he wants the Vikings. If you are a Vikings fan its sad to say but two years ago you missed you’re shot. You are at least four years out from being back into the conversation. That being said, Pat Williams, is a stud and he needs to be appreciated.

  6. timegambit says: May 20, 2011 10:36 PM

    If he’s 50-50 about returning, that means his workouts are 50-50 and he shows up at camp weighing 400 lbs +…Let’s call it a career, Pat.

  7. coleman121280 says: May 20, 2011 10:37 PM

    We need Pat Back Bottom line. He is no 3 down DT and he, you, and I know it. In fact, I believe pat is a 1 down DT. Not that this is a knock, just an observation from last season. But to be able to stop their run on 1st down every time W/ pat in there will be a great chess move on the part of our Defensive scheme and a “scheme adjustment” for #94 himself. Which I imagine he would be more than willing to make. He would be a specialist.

    And although he might have been at Ray Edwards BALLERINA show to give support, Pat is 10 x’s the teammate #91 could ever hope to be and is a great part of the nucleus that is the PURPLE PEOPLE EATERS of present. I hope we can bring Big Pat back, but w/ him and Kevin on the sidelines for the first 4 games it might be time to let the young bloods loose. Guion looked absolutley great last pre-season but never got to go in in part b/c of the big names ahead of him.

  8. xxxfixxxerxxx says: May 20, 2011 10:38 PM

    I always liked Phat Pat.

    He was a monster in Buffalo but Tom Donahoe thought he was finished and Gregg Williams said he could live without him, that he would stop the run with numbers.
    Colossal mistake.

    He loved it here, I wish we could find a way to get him back.

  9. nepatriots128154 says: May 20, 2011 10:47 PM

    The Pats could use him. Williams would have a chance for a ring and NE could fill a hole on the D line.

  10. dccowboy says: May 20, 2011 10:47 PM

    Isn’t he a 38 year old with a 4 game suspension as well? Any team signing him is only getting 3/4 of a season.

  11. trbowman says: May 21, 2011 12:32 AM

    Jimmy Kennedy is actually pretty good. Christian Ballard was a draft steal.

    Let him walk.

  12. coolzog says: May 21, 2011 1:10 AM

    His level of play plummeted last year. Vikes need to move on.

  13. stellarperformance says: May 21, 2011 8:23 AM

    This guy is done. He’ll be fatter than ever and unmotivated and looking for one last free ride.

  14. vikefan says: May 21, 2011 8:24 AM

    he certainly was not the same last year, but then neither was jared allen, all in all, he is definetely above average run stop talent, if not in upper 10 percent of league and someone u dont have to worry bout in locker and quite awesome community guy, sometimes that is hard to put a price on.

  15. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: May 21, 2011 9:36 AM

    The next Albert Hayensworth!

  16. ernieernie says: May 21, 2011 9:56 AM

    I would think they would want him back for several reasons the first being he would be cheap, the second he has experience to pass on to the new guys and third they don’t need him to be an everydown player anymore. They have youth there to give him a spell.
    Its a no brainer. To let him go you get nothing in return. If he doesn’t work out you cut him. Its a no loose for the Vikes

  17. goawayeverybody says: May 21, 2011 11:07 AM

    It’s the 50-50 rule. Whenever a player says they are 50-50 on whether they will play another season, it means they’re coming back to play another season. You can write it down.

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