According to Jay Glazer of FoxSports.com, the Vikings are close to signing Kevin Williams to a seven-year contract extension that would be worth between $46 and $50 with $16 million in guarantees.
The Vikings, who have already signed linebacker E.J. Henderson, long snapper Cullen Loeffler and fullback Jeff Dugan to in-season extensions, are thought to be between $25 million and $30 million under the salary cap before the signing of Williams, which is expected Saturday morning, according to Glazer.
With a free agent market that isn't expected to be loaded with star power, signing key players to extensions and using some of that salary cap money toward those contracts makes sense.
The Vikings have two players who are starters this year that are scheduled to be unrestricted free agents – middle linebacker Napoleon Harris and wide receiver Travis Taylor. Defensive end Darrion Scott is scheduled to be a restricted free agent.
Williams, who was selected to the Pro Bowl this year, has 68 tackles, five sacks, seven passes defensed, eight tackles-for-loss, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 49 quarterback hurries so far this season. He has 31 career sacks in nearly four years as a pro.
Vikings Set to Extend Williams
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