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Monday, July 16, 2007

Redding becomes highest-paid DT

Kevin Williams didn't last long as the league's highest-paid defensive tackle. After signing a seven-year contract extension with the Vikings last December that included $13 million in guarantees, Williams was trumped today by Cory Redding of the Detroit Lions.

Limited by the franchise tag, Redding agreed to a seven-year, $49 million contract that included $16 million in guarantees, according to

Redding is a solid player. But his credentials certainly are nowhere close to Williams. Since 2003, Redding has 12 sacks, including eight last season. Williams, meanwhile, has 31 sacks, although he has just nine in the last two seasons.

Again, the Redding and Dwight Freeney deal bolsters the wisdom of the Vikings' decision to sign Williams last December.


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