It looks like the Vikings have their first player. Cincinnati safety Madieu Williams is headed to town and has agreed to parameters on a six-year contract that is believed to average about $6 million per year. (NFL Network is saying $34 million for the deal.)
Williams was a player the Vikings targeted to replace veteran safety Dwight Smith, who was released last week. Veterans Mike Doss and Tank Williams are free agents and there is no chance of Doss returning. Tank Williams wanted to explore his options before deciding whether to return.
Madieu Williams, 6-1, 203 pounds, was a second-round pick by the Bengals in 2004 out of Maryland. Williams played and started 13 games last season, recording two interceptions, two sacks and 74 tackles. Here’s his bio from NFL.com. Williams, who has good cover skills, finished the season on injured reserve because of a quadriceps injury.
The move will reunite Williams with Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier. Frazier held the same job with Cincinnati when Williams was a rookie. That season Williams played both safety spots and some corner. A shoulder injury suffered in practice limited him to four games in 2005 but he rebounded to play in all 16 games in 2006.
“Leslie gave Minnesota the advantage,” Williams’ agent, Kenny Zuckerman, told the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Williams, 26, has nine career interceptions 49 career games and has made 45 starts.
Troy in Jacksonville: The Jaguars website has a story about the team’s trade for receiver Troy Williamson. Among those quoted in the piece is former Vikings coach and current Jags assistant Mike Tice. Check it out.
Cleo to Jags: The Dolphins’ Cleo Lemon, who was mentioned as one of the quarterbacks the Vikings liked, has agreed to terms with the Jaguars.