Kevin Williams agrees to paycut with Vikings

Defensive tackle Kevin Williams agreed to a restructured contract with the Vikings, cutting his salary and the length of his deal. Kevin Williams has agreed to a restructured contract, cutting his salary cap number by $2.5 million and ending his deal after the 2013 season.

The Vikings' defensive tackle Kevin Williams was previously scheduled to make $7 million in base salary in each of the next two years and count $7.5 million against the Vikings' salary cap in both 2013 and 2014. Now, under terms of the deal filed with the NFL Players Association, Williams is scheduled to make $4.9 million in base salary while cutting his workout bonus to $100,000, down from $500,000.

That means Williams' new deal will count $5 million against the salary cap in 2013 and he will be a free agent after the season.

Asked in January how he would react if he was asked to restructure his deal, Williams downplayed it.

"I haven't even thought about it," he said. "I'm not going to worry about it. We'll work something out if that comes up. But I haven't given it much thought."

Williams said then that he would like to play another two or three years and wanted to finish his career with the Vikings, who selected him in the first round of the 2003 draft.

"Would love to, but you know … I'll just leave it at that," he said.

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