Defensive Tackle is thought to be one of the Vikings top offseason priorities because of the likelihood that Pat Williams will retire soon, and because Fred Evans and Jimmy Kennedy are both at the end of their contracts.
However, just as I was starting to say to myself that Pat Williams would have announced his retirement by now if he was going to do it this year, I found a little nugget that pretty much confirms it for me.
Mike Wobschall at Vikings.com was asked about Williams in his Monday Morning Mailbag, and said that he thinks Williams will be back. Now, this may seem like nothing more than one man’s opinion or hunch, but I have been reading Vikings.com every day for about five years now and seldom does Wobschall speculate on anything.
Thus, I believe he knows something we don’t and is nearly certain, if not absolutely certain, that Williams will be back for 2010.
Now, if this turns out to be true and the Vikings are able to retain Jimmy Kennedy, then defensive tackle is suddenly not a very pressing need. Sure, they’ll eventually need to replace Pat and this would be a good time, but they would not be in a position of desperation, which frees them up to draft for value instead of need… which is always good.