‘Big Pat' Could Get Big Extension

The Vikings and Pat Williams have started working on a potential contract extension for the big, powerful run stuffer.

Vikings nose tackle Pat Williams isn't ready to retire anytime soon and he's hoping to stick around Minnesota for a few more years.

Williams, named to a Pro Bowl team in 2006 for the first time in his career, will be entering the final season of a three-year deal and is due to make $2.65 million in 2007.

However, Williams' representative and the Vikings have had some preliminary discussions and it appears he could be the latest veteran in line for a new deal with the franchise.

"We had preliminary discussions just to let it be known that the Vikings want Pat beyond this season, and that Pat wants to finish his career as a Minnesota Viking," Williams' agent, Angelo Wright, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "Now we're just waiting for an offer. We expect some kind of offer probably before training camp."

Since the beginning of last season, the Vikings have given contract extensions to several players, including left tackle Bryant McKinnie, linebacker E.J. Henderson and defensive tackle Kevin Williams.

Pat and Kevin Williams form one of the best, if not the best, tackle tandem in the NFL and were the major reason Minnesota was No. 1 in the NFL last season against the run.

Pat Williams, 33, said he would like a four-year deal and points out that despite his age he is "still fresh," because he did not become a starter until his fifth year in the league.

Asked about what type of dollar figures he would like to see on a new deal, Williams told the newspaper: "I just want to be treated right because I always do what's right. I never complain and I come to work on time. I don't have any problems playing for coach Childress. I love (defensive line coach Karl) Dunbar. I think he's the best d-line coach in the league. I love playing next to Kevin (Williams). I want to finish my career here."

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