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Report: Kevin Williams reworks deal, will be free agent after 2013 season

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Defensive tackle Kevin Williams‘ 11th season with the Vikings could be his last.

Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com reports that Williams and the Vikings have reached a deal to rework his contract that makes him a free agent after the 2013 season. Williams had two years left on his deal with base salaries of $7 million each season, but the money wasn’t guaranteed either year. Pelissero reports he’s agreed to a guaranteed $4.9 million in 2013 and erased the final year of the deal.

The team also dropped a $400,000 weight clause in his contract, which makes for a total cap savings of $2.5 million. The Vikings had $4.4 million in cap space earlier this month, so the Williams deal puts them in better financial footing when it comes to signing draft picks and other players to round out their roster for offseason activities and training camp.

Williams remains a strong run-stopper and he’s been durable over the course of his career, missing just four games in his first 10 seasons. With Williams now on the final year of his contract, the Vikings have only one of their starting linemen — defensive tackle Letroy Guion –signed beyond this season. Defensive ends Jared Allen, Brian Robison and Everson Griffen join Williams as possible free agents after next season.

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31 Responses to “Report: Kevin Williams reworks deal, will be free agent after 2013 season”
  1. inyofaceagain says: Apr 16, 2013 3:24 PM

    Guess that means Vikes will be targeting a Defenseive lineman. Maybe another Williams (Sylvester)… wouldn’t be a bad pick. That being said, Kevin Williams is a monster who is only 33 and having a monster career

  2. hugejazz says: Apr 16, 2013 3:25 PM

    Time to call it a stellar career Mr Williams.

  3. filipinoviking says: Apr 16, 2013 3:25 PM

    Dear Seahawks,

    Do you want a letter of recommendation for K. Will? He’ll be a good one for ya.

  4. stevent92 says: Apr 16, 2013 3:26 PM

    Re-signing Allen is a no-brainer. We’ll see what Kevin has left in the tank this year.

  5. HowdyDoobie says: Apr 16, 2013 3:27 PM

    And then he was promptly traded to the Seahawks.

  6. duffsbeer says: Apr 16, 2013 3:28 PM

    Vikings will most likely restructure Jared Allen and Robison deals. Can’t see them relying on franchise tag for either of those two.

  7. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 16, 2013 3:29 PM

    He wants a ring. Won’t happen in minny. I mean, no one living now will live to see THAT happen.

  8. pillowporkers says: Apr 16, 2013 3:30 PM

    Why didn’t the Vikings do this BEFORE they cut Winfield and Before the start of free agency?

  9. vik3z says: Apr 16, 2013 3:33 PM

    good stuff. re-working his contract was the only option, hes still one of the leagues best run stuffers and constantly eats a double-team but hes lost a step in the pass rushing department.

  10. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Apr 16, 2013 3:48 PM

    I’m glad he’ll be there this season but I always figured he would be gone in 2014. They need to get a younger, cheaper option.

  11. contra74 says: Apr 16, 2013 3:53 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:Apr 16, 2013 3:29 PM

    He wants a ring. Won’t happen in minny. I mean, no one living now will live to see THAT happen.
    —-
    YAWN! Same old boring stuff spewed out. Hey, amuse us by telling us how you are part owner of a team because you forked over $250.

  12. 4superbowls says: Apr 16, 2013 3:55 PM

    The Super Bowl window is closing fast; another stud soon out the door. Seriously, I don’t know why AD stays, I just can’t see my Vikes getting the pieces in place while AD is still in his prime.

  13. matthewcarlson1 says: Apr 16, 2013 4:02 PM

    AD stays because that’s what the great ones do. They get it done with THEIR team. If it never happens, it never happens. Do you think Lebron’s ring means as much in Miami as it would’ve in Cleveland? No way.

  14. vikesfanforlife says: Apr 16, 2013 4:09 PM

    um, AP has over 100 million reasons to stay in Minnesota. and for all you Vikes haters, they won 10 games last year so they can’t be THAT bad. lol. Haters hate. that’s what they do

  15. purpleguy says: Apr 16, 2013 4:12 PM

    Super Bowl window closing? Everyone with half a brain, including Pack fans, are aware that last year was year one in a rebuilding program. And even then the Vikes made the playoffs. Further, AP and Williams deserve no sympathy, as the Viking organization has given them plenty of playoff chances in their careers. AP had the chance to make the SB in 2009 and fumbled it away against the Saints. They are great players who should be appreciated, but let’s not hold a pity party here. Save that for fans of other teams that have to get their jollies posting on the articles of rival teams.

  16. melkipershero says: Apr 16, 2013 4:12 PM

    A Ram’s qb getting destroyed.. shocked.

  17. 4superbowls says: Apr 16, 2013 4:18 PM

    @mc1

    I like to think its about more than the money, but maybe I’m wrong…

  18. bornking24 says: Apr 16, 2013 4:27 PM

    4superbowls says:
    Apr 16, 2013 3:55 PM
    The Super Bowl window is closing fast; another stud soon out the door. Seriously, I don’t know why AD stays, I just can’t see my Vikes getting the pieces in place while AD is still in his prime.

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    Think about the other players that they are trying to bring in. Winfield will be playing his 14th year, Kevin, his 12th. Although they’re still good vets they’re slowing losing touch while AD is still in his prime. We need young talent to back him up while he’s still running the way that he does.

  19. melkipershero says: Apr 16, 2013 4:30 PM

    Do you think Lebron’s ring means as much in Miami as it would’ve in Cleveland? No way

    HELL NO. Anyone who wins in Cleveland will be above all other winners. It’s Cleveland. That being said, I’d leave as well.

  20. eventhorizon04 says: Apr 16, 2013 4:36 PM

    “AD stays because that’s what the great ones do. They get it done with THEIR team. If it never happens, it never happens. Do you think Lebron’s ring means as much in Miami as it would’ve in Cleveland? No way.”

    I agree with you that Peterson is very unlikely to leave the Vikings.

    However, as to your point about All-Time Greats not leaving their original teams in free agency, I’d like to bring up the name “Reggie White” to the discussion…

  21. fwippel says: Apr 16, 2013 4:39 PM

    This makes it more likely that one of those two first round picks is going to be William’s eventual replacement.

    While I’d hate to see Williams’ career come to an end in Minnesota after this year, his age is a factor in this, and that’s the business of the NFL.

    This team already had needs at WR and MLB in the draft. I’m not sure which of the three I’d like to see them wait until round two to address. Kevin Williams has been rock solid for the past decade. Hope his replacement is just as good.

  22. 4superbowls says: Apr 16, 2013 5:00 PM

    @purpleguy

    That was Favre that fumbled at the end of the first half, killing the Vikes momentum, not AD.

  23. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Apr 16, 2013 5:34 PM

    4superbowls says:Apr 16, 2013 5:00 PM

    @purpleguy

    That was Favre that fumbled at the end of the first half, killing the Vikes momentum, not AD.
    ______

    Officially, yes, but AD admitted it was his fault.

  24. vikesfansteve says: Apr 16, 2013 5:45 PM

    Genius, even though Wikipedia says Favre fumbled it was AD. All fumbles on handoffs are attributed to the QB. Wrong again Packer jagoff.

  25. shaggytoodle says: Apr 16, 2013 5:58 PM

    Guy can’t get out of town soon enough?

    Joking aside, the Vikings defense is getting up there in age. While some can still produce pretty good. That DL needs some rejuvenating.

    I can’t think of anyone off the top of my head that I would say, Minny. build a defense around player X for the next 5-7 years.

    Having a defense that can’t slow teams down will make AP far less effective.

  26. tiggerblood says: Apr 16, 2013 6:19 PM

    Great in 2014 he’ll go to a team that is a “player” away from a title. Or he’ll go to a perrenial contender on the cheap. It funny an earlier commentor mentioned the Seahawks and that could be a legit 2014 destination.

  27. brewdogg says: Apr 16, 2013 8:54 PM

    duffsbeer says: Apr 16, 2013 3:28 PM

    Vikings will most likely restructure Jared Allen and Robison deals. Can’t see them relying on franchise tag for either of those two.
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    Expect the Vikings to lock up Griffin before Robison.

    That being said, I would like to see Williams go out as a Viking, regardless of when that is. If he feels he has another year left in him after this one, I hope they bring him back, even if it as a back-up/rotational guy. He can still get low and move the pile, and would probably play better with fewer reps. We’ll see what this season brings.

  28. hugejazz says: Apr 16, 2013 9:43 PM

    Williams has been awesome for a lot years. That’s the reason for this rework. It’s been a lot of years. It’s a younger man’s game. I hope he plays great this year and then leave the game while still reasonably healthy. He’s made his money.

  29. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 17, 2013 1:12 AM

    He deserves more money just for toiling in obscurity for his entire career in MN.

  30. stellarperformance says: Apr 18, 2013 9:18 AM

    They broke it up into two contracts…..one was an extended multi-year deal for his 384 lb torso, and one was a guaranteed one year deal for his 116 lb head.

  31. gdeli says: Apr 18, 2013 6:34 PM

    crap! to the last part and all the $ those guys will cost next year. ouch.

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