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Vikings reach into the CFL, sign CB Roderick Williams

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The Vikings have gone north of the border to add to their secondary.

Cornerback Roderick Williams, who has played in the Canadian Football League for the last three years, has signed in Minnesota, the Vikings announced today.

Williams played his college football at Alcorn State, the alma mater of Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier, and has been an All-Star in the CFL with the Edmonton Eskimos. The Eskimos released Williams last week to give him the opportunity to sign with the Vikings.

Last season Williams had an interception against the Montreal Alouettes, who were coached by Marc Trestman, the new coach of the Bears. Perhaps this season Williams will get another interception against a Trestman-coached offense.

Photo via Edmonton Eskimos.

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10 Responses to “Vikings reach into the CFL, sign CB Roderick Williams”
  1. jusford says: Feb 11, 2013 1:05 PM

    This is a big change for the Vikings. Usually they go East of the border.

  2. Ponder This says: Feb 11, 2013 1:11 PM

    We can only hope that he’ll be as good as Emanuel Arceneaux and Solomon Elimimian.

  3. landof10000lakes says: Feb 11, 2013 1:22 PM

    The pieces are in place. Sheesh.

  4. filthymcnasty1 says: Feb 11, 2013 1:46 PM

    Maybe they could find a decent QB up there.

  5. randyschwimmer7 says: Feb 11, 2013 2:04 PM

    He will be ready to pick off Jay “Interception Machine” Cutler.

  6. theytukrjobs says: Feb 11, 2013 2:23 PM

    I think it is silly how CFL signings make the news. A CFL all-star is no different than any practice squad chump on any NFL roster in terms of talent and potential. Their league is vastly less competitive than the NFL.

    I’d like to know the percentage of former CFL players that are signed to the NFL that ever start more than 8 games in the NFL. It is probably lower than undrafted FA’s.

  7. packh8er says: Feb 11, 2013 2:37 PM

    Perhaps this means they have decided to part ways with veteran Antoine Winfield. That would be a shame as he’s my favorite player, but such is business.

  8. teambringitstrong says: Feb 11, 2013 3:16 PM

    theytukrjobs says: Feb 11, 2013 2:23 PM

    I think it is silly how CFL signings make the news. A CFL all-star is no different than any practice squad chump on any NFL roster in terms of talent and potential. Their league is vastly less competitive than the NFL.

    I’d like to know the percentage of former CFL players that are signed to the NFL that ever start more than 8 games in the NFL. It is probably lower than undrafted FA’s.

    ——————————————————
    And you are an authority because of your how many years in the NFL? I’m sure these teams know far better than you ever will what they’re doing.
    And how about quality over quantity? Does the name Warren Moon ring a bell?
    Now back to your regularly scheduled meaningless existence.

  9. larryboodry says: Feb 11, 2013 4:51 PM

    randyschwimmer7 says: Feb 11, 2013 2:04 PM

    “He will be ready to pick off Jay “Interception Machine” Cutler.”

    Wait’ll they tell him he gets to cover Marshall, CJ, and Cobb six times a year.

  10. kevinwi says: Feb 11, 2013 6:41 PM

    With his kick return background, I’m sure they are looking at him for special teams/KR/PR and depth in secondary to replace Sherles who is a solid PR, but is a huge liability in coverage.

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