Only good can come of the new deal for Lions defensive tackle Cory Redding when it comes to what will happen for Vikings nose tackle Pat Williams if he happens to look for a new deal or reaches free agency at the end of the year. Williams had to be drooling when he saw Redding, who had 8 sacks a year ago after making the switch from d-linemen to d-tackle, sign a long-term deal worth $49 million over seven years with Detroit Monday.
Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams was the highest paid DT before the Redding deal, as he got a five-year deal from the Vikings worth $33.24 million last December. As far as the big nose tackle goes, his payday just got bigger upon seeing the Redding deal. “Cory Redding is a very good football player, but this just shows market averages have escalated to a level unprecedented in [contract] negotiations,” said Angelo Wright, the agent for Williams to the Star Tribune.
Last season the Vikings were agressive in getting their core players signed to long-term deals, as six players were given extensions. If the Vikings want to continue to march out one of the better defenses in the league, they have to start thinking ahead to Williams, who helped the team achieve a number one ranking against the run in 2006.
Look for Minnesota and Williams to start talking soon about a new deal that will keep him in purple and take him off the free agent market. Despite entering his 11th season, he is playing better than ever, and the Vikings need him in the fold to continue to make sure that defense plays at a high level for years to come.