Vikings vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman confirmed that safety Madieu Williams and wide receiver Bernard Berrian are in the Twin Cities and getting physicals. Williams has agreed to a six-year, $33 million contract with the Vikings and once he passes his physical is expected to sign that contract.
"I like him and it never quite worked out for him. I know he was injured a lot," NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell said of Williams at last week's NFL Scouting Combine. "I thought he would ultimately be a better player than he has turned out. Maybe the injuries prevented him from being that guy. I think he's got a chance somewhere else. I think he has a chance to be a good player because he can cover for a safety. He's got cornerback-type ability as a safety."
Williams played in 13 games last year, but he was eventually placed on injured reserve with a quadriceps injury.
The four-year veteran out of Maryland started 13 games in his rookie season and registered 103 tackles and three interceptions after being a second-round draft choice of the Bengals. In his first year, he started at cornerback, free safety and strong safety, adding to his reputation as an athletic safety.
In his second season, he played in only four games, starting three, before he was placed on injured reserve in October with a shoulder injury.
He returned in 2006 and started all 16 games and had 88 tackles and three interceptions while being on the field for more snaps (1,265) than any other Bengals player.
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.
"I expect there to be a lot of interest in Bernard Berrian," Rosenhaus said at last week's Combine. "… The Bears are going to continue to be in the mix as we continue to talk with other teams. We're going to have a good, healthy dialogue with them."
Scout.com's Adam Caplan reported that the Tennessee Titans and Tampa Bay Bucanneers are also expected to show an interest in Berrian, and the San Francisco 49ers could join the fray later. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the Oakland Raiders have a visit scheduled with Berrian if he makes it out of the Twin Cities unsigned.