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Vikings let go of Madieu Williams

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We thought Vikings safety Madieu Williams should be a cap casualty, but coach Leslie Frazier said during the offseason he wanted to see Williams compete to start this season.

It appears Frazier changed his mind.

The Vikings announced that Williams was cut Thursday, in addition to Jimmy Kennedy and wide receiver Freddie Brown.  Those moves had been previously reported.

Williams is known as one of the best people in the league — he was the Walter Payton Man of the Year last season – and should find a home in some locker room.  He was just getting paid as a star, and his play doesn’t warrant.

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31 Responses to “Vikings let go of Madieu Williams”
  1. cured76 says: Jul 28, 2011 4:29 PM

    Eagles could use a backup safety option since we have two guys with less than a year of experience combined slated to be the starters.

  2. mataug says: Jul 28, 2011 4:29 PM

    he’s not even 30 yet… will get a new contract somewhere for sure

  3. hus10188 says: Jul 28, 2011 4:34 PM

    ProFootballTalk……..the home of backhanded compliments.

  4. dcbassguy says: Jul 28, 2011 4:35 PM

    I agree….. Williams would be a great fit in Phi if he comes at a reasonable price. The future guys are in town, but he would be a great leader and fill in until they are ready.

  5. stevincinci says: Jul 28, 2011 4:36 PM

    Back to the Bengals.

  6. bigks77 says: Jul 28, 2011 4:41 PM

    Good person, hard hitter! But a bad safety!!!

  7. sterling7 says: Jul 28, 2011 4:43 PM

    As a Viking diehard Madieu is a good community man……..but he is lost in the secondary.

  8. 28purple4mvp says: Jul 28, 2011 4:45 PM

    Hey the packers won the superbowl!!!!!!!!!!!!! just wanted to make sure everyone knows.

  9. wtfru2 says: Jul 28, 2011 4:48 PM

    The 5.5 mil cap number made the decision for Frazier.

  10. purplehayseuss says: Jul 28, 2011 4:51 PM

    Exactly right. Excellent human being, (lately) average NFL Safety. Now, if Jenkins were a 4-3 lineman rather than 3-4…..

    Or maybe a new WR to replace defector Rice, whom I now question of possessing only mediocre intelligence. Getting star money is great. Unless you have so few balls to catch you aren’t a star any more.

    I liked TJack’s potential, and it may have been team politics that kept him from reaching his potential so far. Seattle may realize more benefit from Jackson than Minny did without the Soap Opera spinning around him like last year.

    The obvious TJack-Rice ‘hookup’ potential is now in Seattle but Jackson has to win the starting job, now, doesn’t he? And he may do it if they only have Whitehurst to compete against.

    Maybe Bevell is relieved to be able to focus without the Geezer around.

  11. fwippel says: Jul 28, 2011 4:51 PM

    The Viking safeties were never around the ball last year; not sure if that’s due to coaching or lack of instincts.

    Williams is a stand-up guy, no question. Just hope he has more success in his next venture.

  12. ruvelligwebuike says: Jul 28, 2011 4:52 PM

    “Cap Casualty?” How about “He’s possibly the worst starting safety in the league and one of the highest paid” casualty.

  13. bbrophy1 says: Jul 28, 2011 4:55 PM

    there are plenty of teams who missed out on Weddle that will go after Williams…..probably starting with the Houston Texans

  14. jmorand47 says: Jul 28, 2011 5:03 PM

    I like Madieu Williams. I think he is a really great guy, but his play last season was awful. Now, if it was me, I would have loved to play that way and taken home a game check each week, but for an NFL player….. The end is near.

  15. wilnel1984 says: Jul 28, 2011 5:04 PM

    I hope we get a decent replacement. His first year he was actually above average. After that, however, you could usually track blown coverage to him. Nice guy and I wish him well, but that’s all.

  16. kernelreefer says: Jul 28, 2011 5:06 PM

    To be completely fair, Frazier doesn’t have the same control over the team that Brad Childress had; he likely had far less to do with the decision to cut Williams than the FO.

    Not saying he’s unhappy with this decision, though.

  17. brewdogg says: Jul 28, 2011 5:25 PM

    Outstanding person and great in the locker room, and I hope his position in the league and in whatever locker room isn’t diminished by being a backup. I would have voted to keep him if the price tag wasn’t so high. Good luck Mr Williams, wherever you land.

  18. steeltownpride says: Jul 28, 2011 5:25 PM

    Maybe a good back up for the Steelers . Need good veteran back up with Troys play and style .

  19. blaz0037 says: Jul 28, 2011 5:26 PM

    dropped 9 sure interceptions last year alone.

  20. purple4reak says: Jul 28, 2011 5:34 PM

    Here’s to one of the worst free agent pick-ups in Viking’s history. Don’t let the door hit ya on your way out!

  21. c1d7 says: Jul 28, 2011 5:42 PM

    Too much on the cap, best of luck

  22. deeppurple23 says: Jul 28, 2011 5:43 PM

    Not to dance on one’s misfortune, but YES!

  23. deeppurple23 says: Jul 28, 2011 5:44 PM

    Not to dance on one’s misfortune, but YES! BTW, why do they have a picture of Chris Cook?

  24. deconjonesbitchslap says: Jul 28, 2011 5:57 PM

    i guess they bid adieu to madieu…

    /cackles to self, throws spoon at window.

  25. nygdefenserules says: Jul 28, 2011 6:08 PM

    He’d look great in Giants Blue! nice insurance behind Rolle and Kenny Phillips

  26. quizguy66 says: Jul 28, 2011 6:27 PM

    Would love for him to come back to Cincy. We could use the help at safety and he’s a class act.


  27. paulharghis says: Jul 28, 2011 7:11 PM

    He was never the same after his shoulder injury.

    He seemed tenative and afraid of contact.

  28. bobnelsonjr says: Jul 28, 2011 8:00 PM

    The YouTube clip of Jay Cutler knocking down Madieu Williams and running over him says it all.

  29. reptar24 says: Jul 28, 2011 11:49 PM

    There is a God…

  30. alldayvikings says: Jul 29, 2011 8:08 AM

    About time!!! Now Berrian!!

  31. Chuck Wood says: Jul 29, 2011 3:30 PM

    How many Super Bowls have the Vikings won?

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