The Vikings made it official Friday, announcing that they have agreed to terms with safety Madieu Williams, which had been reported numerous times throughout the day anyway. However, at that time Williams still had to pass a physical, which is he was taking Friday afternoon.
Williams, known as an athletic safety, spent the past four seasons with Cincinnati, where he started 45 of 49 career games and played his rookie season under defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, who now holds the same positions with the Vikings.
Williams has nine interceptions, four sacks and 268 tackles in his career and scored a touchdown on a 51-yard return of his first career interception against Tennessee in 2004.
Williams was a defensive teammate of Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson during their playing
careers at the University of Maryland. Williams was originally a second-round draft pick of the Bengals in 2004.
The deal is reportedly for six years, $33 million.
The Raiders agreed on a six-year, $39 million deal with safety Gibril Wilson on Friday, according to ESPN. The Vikings had shown an interest in Wilson as well, according to what a league source told Scout.com's Adam Caplan, but Williams was the Vikings' top priority at safety.
Williams Deal Becomes Official
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