The Vikings began the process of signing players this week before the free agent period begins March 2. With six unrestricted free agents, that number appears to have been reduced by one.
Safety Tank Williams, who was signed last year but missed the entire season after breaking his left kneecap during training camp, has been offered a veteran-minimum one-year contract for $595,000, which he is expected to sign.
The signing might be a precursor to the release of Dwight Smith. Despite starting 14 games in 2006 and playing well, Smith seemed to butt heads with head coach Brad Childress and was the subject of disciplinary action more than once in his first season with the Vikings.
If Smith is released, expect to see Williams and second-year man Greg Blue battle for the starting safety spot opposite Darren Sharper.
* The Vikings gave Heath Farwell, an exclusive rights free agent, a tender offer to keep him on the team worth $435,000. Farwell led the Vikings in special teams tackles with 25 in 2006.
* Koren Robinson was sentenced to 90 days in jail Tuesday for his role in last August's high-speed chase that led to his receiving a DWI. Robinson has to surrender before March 1 to begin serving his time, but the judge in Nicollet County gave Robinson the option of serving his time in a Wisconsin jail. Robinson signed with the Packers after being released by the Vikings and is still under league suspension. While the league substance abuse policy calls for Robinson to be suspended for one year, in the past, some violators have seen the suspension last longer than one year.
* It was thought following the end of the 2006 season that the Eagles would make a strong push to keep Donte Stallworth – one of the top wide receivers in the free agent crop – but word out of Philly is that the team is apparently willing to let him test free agency and sign elsewhere. With his knowledge of the West Coast offense Brad Childress has brought to the Vikings, he could be someone that the Vikings might have more than a passing interest in.
* The Packers want to re-sign RB Ahman Green, but it looks as though Green and his agent are willing to test free agency in search of a longer contract. The Packers, who gave Green a one-year deal last season, are hoping to bring him back with a similar contract.
* The Bills announced an interesting strategy this week, saying their philosophy will be "cash to the cap." Translation? The team won't spread bonus money over several years, instead taking a ploy the Vikings have used in recent years – signing players to a roster bonus that puts most of the payment on the current year of the salary cap and having it come off the books following that season.
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