Vikings Interested in Veteran Safety?

A league source tells that the Vikings are expected to target a safety when free agency hits.

The release of Dwight Smith has left the Vikings extremely thin at safety, but there are indications they will correct that in free agency.

According to what a league source told's Adam Caplan, the Vikings are expected to target Bengals safety Madieu Williams when free agency opens on Feb. 29. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Bengals in early February were considering putting the franchise tag on Williams, which would have cost them $4,396,000. Instead, they opted to use the franchise tag on Stacy Andrews. Defensive end Justin Smith was also a candidate for that move.

Williams played in 13 games last year, but he was eventually placed on injured reserve with a quadriceps injury.

Williams, out of Maryland, started 13 games in his rookie season and registered 103 tackles and three interceptions. He also covered the slot receiver last season, according to what a team source told Caplan.

In his second season, he was placed on injured reserve in October with a shoulder injury and played only four games, starting three.

He returned in 2006 and started all 16 games and had 88 tackles and three interceptions.

His rookie season was spent with current Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier when he was in the same role in Cincinnati, but they were different defenses.

The Vikings have two safeties scheduled to be free agent on Feb. 29 – Mike Doss and Tank Williams. Doss is expected to hit the free-agent market, according to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. Progress with talks on Williams aren't known at this time.

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