The Vikings are thinking about the future, and in doing so have signed big defensive tackle Pat Williams to a contract extension. Sources say that Williams, who was set to become a free agent following the 2007 season, is getting a three-year extension that carries $22 million in new money and $9.5 mil in guarantees. “I ain’t celebrating,” Williams said. “It’s cool, but I just do what I do. I’m just happy, because me and coach (Brad Childress) always talk, and he said we would get it done, and we got it done.”
Williams will be 35 in October, so getting anything more than a three-year deal would have been a bit of a stretch, if he even can finish the deal he just got. He is a big factor in the Vikings having a great season in 2006 stopping the run and being ranked in the top spot in the NFL in doing so. Now the question will be for 2007 if they can get to that spot again and if the offense can pick them up this season.
Last season Williams was selected to his first Pro Bowl, and most of the time with getting double teamed will free up teammates to make plays. He has just 2.5 sacks the last two seasons with the Vikings, but his presence on the field goes a lot further than that. Williams stated to the St.Paul Pioneer Press that he will be walking away once this current deal with Minnesota is over with. “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.”