The Pat Williams situation up in Minnesota continues to get interesting, and mized signals are the order of the day. Sean Jensen of Pioneer Press reports that there are mixed messages between the Vikings and the Williams camp. The agent for the Vikings defensive tackle, Angelo Wright, said that Williams will play out his remaining portion of his existing contract then seel to play elsewhere next season. On the other hand, Williams is saying that he wants to retire a Viking.
On Wednesday, Williams told the Pioneer Press, “I love it here. This is like home to me. I understand the business side of it. But I’m attached to the city, and I’m attached to the fans, so I don’t want to leave and change teams. I want to finish my career here.” Williams has had conversations with team head coach Brad Childress, team owner Zygi Wilf, and teammates, all of which have been positive according to Williams. Williams stated that he will remain open-minded regarding any contract extension.
Wright, using “agent-speak”, emphasized that the current market for defensive tackles gets “clearer every day”, using the Darwin Walker signing with the Bears as an example. And here is where it gets interesting – Williams says that he would continue to “empower” Wright to handle the contract negotiations. Which makes me wonder who’s in charge. Williams talks the “all-for-one” thing, while at the same time allowing Wright to do his contract work. Firstly, I don’t think Williams is worthy of Darwin Walker-type money (he’s 35 years old). Secondly, if his agent is handling the negotiations (more like the tail wagging the dog), then this may very well get ugly down the road. And another thing. Williams stated that it isn’t about the money, but the respect.
It appears to me that when they say it is about the respect more than it is the money, the vast majority of times it is about the money. Besides, it isn’t like the Vikings couldn’t find someone who can replace him (read: younger and cheaper). So Williams can talk the “I love Minnesota” and “I want to retire here” and “It isn’t about the money, it is about respect” talk. He gets paid quite well by DT standards, so I personally think he should fire that lame agent of his and find someone who is competent.