DT Kevin Williams agrees to restructured deal with Vikings

4/16/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

Although veteran defensive tackle Kevin Williams will remain with the Minnesota Vikings through the 2013 season, his stay with the team has been cut short. Kevin Williams agreed to restructuring the two years remaining on his eight-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings, which included voiding the final year of the deal besides taking a significant pay cut.
After spending his entire career with the Minnesota Vikings, who drafted him 9th overall in the 2003 NFL Draft, Kevin Williams’ 11th season will be his last with the team. Under terms of the restructured deal, Kevin Williams will become a free agent following the 2013 season.
According to the original deal, Kevin Williams was previously scheduled to make $7 million in base salary for each of his two last seasons. However, that amount was not guaranteed. Now after renegotiating the deal, Kevin Williams has agreed to a guaranteed $4.9 million base salary in 2013. An additional $100,000 workout bonus brings the maximum value of Kevin Williams’ deal to $5 million.
The Minnesota Vikings also voided a $400,000 weight clause in Kevin Williams’ original deal, which accounts for a total $2.5 million in cap savings. With the $4.4 million cap space already estimated earlier this month, the Minnesota Vikings are now $6.9 million under the 2013 salary cap.
The move puts the Minnesota Vikings in a better financial situation to sign draft picks and add other players through free agency to round out their roster for offseason workout programs and training camp.
There has been a steady decline in Kevin Williams’ production from an average of seven sacks before the 2010 season to total eight sacks in the last three seasons. However, Kevin Williams, who turns 33 in August, remains a solid run-stopper and has been durable over the course of his career with the Minnesota Vikings, missing just two four games (two in 2005 and similar in 2011) in 10 seasons.
Kevin Williams posted 30 tackles, two sacks and seven pass deflections in the 2012 season.
With the former Oklahoma State University product Kevin Williams now in his final year, the Minnesota Vikings will be losing four of their top defensive linesmen – Jared Allen, Everson Griffen and Brian Robinson – as possible free agents after this season. Only defensive tackle Letroy Guion is signed beyond the 2013 season.
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