Vikings reach into the CFL, sign CB Roderick Williams

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.

10 responses to “Vikings reach into the CFL, sign CB Roderick Williams

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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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