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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Pat Williams expected to sign three-year extension Friday

Vikings DT Pat Williams said he will sign a three-year extension that will keep him with the Vikings through 2010 on Friday.

"I don’t play the game for the money," Williams said. "I play because I enjoy what I do.

"I’m happy that I’ll be able to finish my career playing beside Kevin (Williams)," he said. "Me and Kevin play well next to each other."

He will play out his current deal, which expires after this season, then tack on three more years. All told, the deal is worth about $22 million, with $9.5 million in new guarantees, on top of his $2.65 million base salary for 2007.

When the contract expires, Williams said he plans to retire, regardless of the opportunities.

"I want to go out on top," he said. "I don’t want to drag it out. I want to play my final years as a Viking."


Blogger Ryan said...

HAHA, YES! Fast Pat retires a Viking.

12:24 AM  
Blogger Ryan said...

Awesome! Now we don't have to draft a DT in next year's draft!

11:34 AM  
Blogger Andrew E. said...

Considering the money that is being thrown around to scrubs, this is a very reasonable deal. In comparison, Derrick Dockery and Eric Steinback both essentially got Hutch's K, even though neither of them are anywhere near as good as Hutch. Pat Williams is, along with the DTs in Jax and his brother Jamal in SD, on the top three nose-men in the league. If he'd hit free agency he could have easily gotten a lot more money.

This is great for the team to lock up an important position and to do so at a great price.

1:54 PM  

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