Vikings, Williams Finalize Contract Extension

Defensive tackle Kevin Williams signed his seven-year contract extension Saturday.

The Vikings announced the contract extension of defensive tackle Kevin Williams on Saturday.

Williams signed a seven-year deal believed to be worth up to $50 million, including $16 million in guarantees.

"I'm excited to get a deal done and finish my career with the team that drafted me,"
Williams said in a release. "I couldn't be in a better situation. The team has shown a commitment to me and I'm proud they feel that way about me. The Vikings management has done a good job of signing back the core players we have here and I feel good about what we are building."

Williams earned Pro Bowl accolades in 2004 and 2006, and was named an Associated Press all-pro in 2004.

This year, Williams has five sacks, nine tackles-for-loss and seven passes defensed.

"Kevin has been productive as an interior player on the defensive line," head coach Brad Childress said. "The all-pro speaks for itself, but a lot of things he does go unnoticed.
He's one of the building blocks of that defense. We're happy he's going to be a part of the Minnesota Vikings long into the future."

The Vikings have the top-ranked run defense in the NFL, allowing an average of only 54.5 yards per game, the best mark in the modern era of the league. The franchise has ended the season ranked first against the run two times previously – in 1975 and 1994.

Williams wasn't due to be a free agent in 2007, but the Vikings have been proactive this season in signing valued players before they hit the open market. Williams joins starters Bryant McKinnie and E.J. Henderson as key players getting extension this season.

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