VikingBuzz BLOG: 9/6

Done deal! The Vikings have agreed to a three-year contract extension with Pro Bowl defensive tackle Pat Williams that ensures he will finish his career in Minnesota

Williams to sign three-year extension

Veteran nose tackle Pat Williams has agreed to a three-year contract extension that will have him finishing his career as a Minnesota Viking.

Williams will reportedly sign a three-year extension on Friday worth about $22 million.

Kudos all around for getting this deal done – to the Vikings and Rob Brzezinski, and to Williams and his agent, Angelo Wright.

Williams wanted to finish his career with the Vikings and head coach Brad Childress wanted Williams here, so at some point one would hope a deal could be made, but the market for defensive tackles had gone through the roof during the offseason, so it didn’t look like it was going to happen.

Jackson emerging as team leader

When veterans like Artis Hicks say:  “He’s running that thing like a 10-year vet.  I’m proud of him.”

Or when wide receiver Troy Williamson says:  “He’s the leader of the team.  We’re following him.”

You get the sense that second-year quarterback Tarvaris Jackson is quickly emerging as a leader for the Vikings according to this AP report.

Number update

Here are some new jersey numbers for players:  RB Arkee Whitlock (#32), WR Robert Ferguson (#89), WR Joel Filani (#17), TE Garrett Mills (#45), DT Conrad Bolston (#60), DT Fred Evans (#90), LB Brandon Archer (#58), S Tyler Everett (#22).

Katnik works out with Broncos

Center Norm Katnik, who was on the Vikings practice squad much of last season and was essentially their second-string center throughout training camp and the preseason before being released last weekend, had a tryout with the Broncos recently along with three other offensive linemen.

Other stories:

>Childress starting to show his mettle
>It’s Tarvaris’ time to shine
>Defense to balance its strengths
>Peterson one of ten most intriguing fantasy players
>Cook must perform
>Stewart says Falcons a concern
>Vikings expect some ‘curves’
>No predictions from Birk
>Take the Vikings, give the points?
>Vikings gamble and lose on Thigpen
>NFL power rankings

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