Last year, left tackle Bryant McKinnie received a seven-year contract worth $48.5 million ($18 million in bonuses) two days prior to the Vikings' first game in Washington. On Friday, Pro Bowl nose tackle Pat Williams is expected to sign a three-year extension that is worth approximately $22 million and included a minimum of $9.5 million in guaranteed money.
He would have the potential to earn additional income based on the incentives in the contract.
Williams, who will turn 35 next month, was set to become an unrestricted free agent after the season and might have given the Vikings a bit of a discount. But he is clearly all right with that.
"I'm at home now, I call this home," Williams said.
Williams, entering his 11th NFL season and coming off his first Pro Bowl appearance, is entering the final year of a $13 million, three-year contract he signed as a free agent in March 2005.
Last season, the 6-3, 330-pound Williams combined with Kevin Williams to form one of the best defensive tackle tandems in the NFL and help the Vikings' lead the league in rushing defense.
"It was great to stay here because I love playing beside Kevin," Pat Williams said. "I didn't want to go nowhere. I just want to be here playing beside Kevin."
Williams said he plans to make this contract the final one year of his career.
The impending agreement comes just over a month after Williams' agent ended negotiations with the Vikings when the two sides could not agree on guaranteed money.
"Everything is great now," Williams said. "So I don't have to worry about packing my bags and leaving. It's straight home all Purple and Gold."
The move also continues the Vikings' trend of locking up players before they hit free agency. During the course of last season, the Vikings signed six players to extensions, including Kevin Williams. He received a seven-year contract worth $50 million, including $16 million in bonuses, on Dec. 23.