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.