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michaelmazid
04-30-2005, 05:48 PM
Here is the article,

Three-year veteran cornerback Brian Williams, who has started all 32 games for the Minnesota Vikings over the past two years but figures to be bumped playing in the nickel package in 2005, has re-signed with the team.

Williams, 25, signed the one-year restricted free agent qualifying offer worth $1.43 million that the Vikings had tendered him two months ago. Despite two straight strong seasons, Williams drew little interest in free agency, in part because any team that signed him to an offer sheet would have been forced to compensate Minnesota with a first-round draft choice.

If he does not sign an extension before next spring, Williams will be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.

The physical Williams, a strong run-support defender who registered a career-best 111 tackles in 2004, was the team's starter at right cornerback in both 2003 and 2004. The acquisition of unrestricted free agent Fred Smoot from Washington means that Williams will surrender his starting job, but he will still log considerable playing time because, like most teams, Minnesota uses three cornerbacks more than 50 percent of the time.

Williams joins Smoot and Antoine Winfield in providing the Vikings one of the best cornerback trios in the NFL. It is important for any team to go three deep at cornerback, but especially now in the NFC North. The Detroit Lions can put three former first-round wide receivers on the field at the same time, and Green Bay often uses three-wideout formations.

A fourth-round choice in the 2002 draft, Williams started seven games as a rookie, then moved into the lineup full time the following season. He had five interceptions in 2003 and, while his pickoffs dropped to two in 2004, he still recorded 16 passes defensed. In fact, in his two seasons as a starter, Williams had 16 pass deflections each year. He also averaged 90 tackles in that stretch, an unusually high number for a cornerback.

The former North Carolina State standout has 208 tackles, eight interceptions, 38 passes defensed and 208 tackles in 48 appearances and 39 starts.

In a related item, 10-year veteran Ken Irvin, scheduled to be the Vikings' No. 4 corner this year, departed the team's minicamp on Friday in a contract dispute. Irvin, who missed the entire 2004 season with a ruptured right Achilles tendon, is entering the final year of his contract and scheduled to have a base salary of $1.5 million. The Vikings have asked him to reduce that salary.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer

happy camper
04-30-2005, 05:50 PM
sweet.

depth all the way baby.

PurplePeopleEaters
04-30-2005, 05:53 PM
Great. We need as much depth as possible. I think he will do great as a nickel. I can't wait. ADub, BDub, Kdub, and Pdub

cajunvike
04-30-2005, 06:26 PM
"michaelmazid" wrote:

Here is the article,

Three-year veteran cornerback Brian Williams, who has started all 32 games for the Minnesota Vikings over the past two years but figures to be bumped playing in the nickel package in 2005, has re-signed with the team.

Williams, 25, signed the one-year restricted free agent qualifying offer worth $1.43 million that the Vikings had tendered him two months ago. Despite two straight strong seasons, Williams drew little interest in free agency, in part because any team that signed him to an offer sheet would have been forced to compensate Minnesota with a first-round draft choice.

If he does not sign an extension before next spring, Williams will be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.

The physical Williams, a strong run-support defender who registered a career-best 111 tackles in 2004, was the team's starter at right cornerback in both 2003 and 2004. The acquisition of unrestricted free agent Fred Smoot from Washington means that Williams will surrender his starting job, but he will still log considerable playing time because, like most teams, Minnesota uses three cornerbacks more than 50 percent of the time.

Williams joins Smoot and Antoine Winfield in providing the Vikings one of the best cornerback trios in the NFL. It is important for any team to go three deep at cornerback, but especially now in the NFC North. The Detroit Lions can put three former first-round wide receivers on the field at the same time, and Green Bay often uses three-wideout formations.

A fourth-round choice in the 2002 draft, Williams started seven games as a rookie, then moved into the lineup full time the following season. He had five interceptions in 2003 and, while his pickoffs dropped to two in 2004, he still recorded 16 passes defensed. In fact, in his two seasons as a starter, Williams had 16 pass deflections each year. He also averaged 90 tackles in that stretch, an unusually high number for a cornerback.

The former North Carolina State standout has 208 tackles, eight interceptions, 38 passes defensed and 208 tackles in 48 appearances and 39 starts.

In a related item, 10-year veteran Ken Irvin, scheduled to be the Vikings' No. 4 corner this year, departed the team's minicamp on Friday in a contract dispute. Irvin, who missed the entire 2004 season with a ruptured right Achilles tendon, is entering the final year of his contract and scheduled to have a base salary of $1.5 million. The Vikings have asked him to reduce that salary.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer

Bdub's from North Carolina State! C'mon and ball up
Take your jersey off, twist it 'round yo head
Spin it like a helicopter
From North Carolina State! C'mon and ball up
Super Bowl's for you, uh-huh, Super Bowl's for who?
Vikes, Vikes, Vikes; yes sir!

[with appologies to Petey Pablo]

NeoVikesTX
04-30-2005, 06:27 PM
I am really glad we resigned Brian Williams. He played solid last season despite what some people may say. He will continue to be a great player on our improving D.

I still remember the first game of the season last year, when he flipped Keyshawn Johnson over by the sideline, and then the very next play nailed the crap out of him. Ahh, memories!

PurplePeopleEaters
04-30-2005, 06:34 PM
"cajunvike" wrote:

"michaelmazid" wrote:

Here is the article,

Three-year veteran cornerback Brian Williams, who has started all 32 games for the Minnesota Vikings over the past two years but figures to be bumped playing in the nickel package in 2005, has re-signed with the team.

Williams, 25, signed the one-year restricted free agent qualifying offer worth $1.43 million that the Vikings had tendered him two months ago. Despite two straight strong seasons, Williams drew little interest in free agency, in part because any team that signed him to an offer sheet would have been forced to compensate Minnesota with a first-round draft choice.

If he does not sign an extension before next spring, Williams will be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.

The physical Williams, a strong run-support defender who registered a career-best 111 tackles in 2004, was the team's starter at right cornerback in both 2003 and 2004. The acquisition of unrestricted free agent Fred Smoot from Washington means that Williams will surrender his starting job, but he will still log considerable playing time because, like most teams, Minnesota uses three cornerbacks more than 50 percent of the time.

Williams joins Smoot and Antoine Winfield in providing the Vikings one of the best cornerback trios in the NFL. It is important for any team to go three deep at cornerback, but especially now in the NFC North. The Detroit Lions can put three former first-round wide receivers on the field at the same time, and Green Bay often uses three-wideout formations.

A fourth-round choice in the 2002 draft, Williams started seven games as a rookie, then moved into the lineup full time the following season. He had five interceptions in 2003 and, while his pickoffs dropped to two in 2004, he still recorded 16 passes defensed. In fact, in his two seasons as a starter, Williams had 16 pass deflections each year. He also averaged 90 tackles in that stretch, an unusually high number for a cornerback.

The former North Carolina State standout has 208 tackles, eight interceptions, 38 passes defensed and 208 tackles in 48 appearances and 39 starts.

In a related item, 10-year veteran Ken Irvin, scheduled to be the Vikings' No. 4 corner this year, departed the team's minicamp on Friday in a contract dispute. Irvin, who missed the entire 2004 season with a ruptured right Achilles tendon, is entering the final year of his contract and scheduled to have a base salary of $1.5 million. The Vikings have asked him to reduce that salary.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer

Bdub's from North Carolina State! C'mon and ball up
Take your jersey off, twist it 'round yo head
Spin it like a helicopter
From North Carolina State! C'mon and ball up
Super Bowl's for you, uh-huh, Super Bowl's for who?
Vikes, Vikes, Vikes; yes sir!

[with appologies to Petey Pablo]

That's what I talkin about. More Nc state players on the vikes. Nothing better.

ItalianStallion
04-30-2005, 07:02 PM
I wonder if we will keep Brian Williams past this season, or if he'll even want to stay as a nickel corner.

mnjamie
04-30-2005, 08:27 PM
B.Will is back !! Good signing by the vikes, if not already anticipated ...


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jellovike
04-30-2005, 08:30 PM
Thats great news!

VikingsTw
04-30-2005, 08:42 PM
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VikingsTw
04-30-2005, 08:45 PM
The former North Carolina State standout has 208 tackles, eight interceptions, 38 passes defensed and 208 tackles in 48 appearances and 39 starts.

Those are some pretty impresive #'s for a CB, espacailly so young, he's only 25. I wish we could tie him up for more than just one year but great players want to start.

Athf
04-30-2005, 08:55 PM
This is such good news! We will have such a good defense this year. 111 tackles last year? I didn't know that. That is a high number for a young CB.

DarrinNelsonguy
04-30-2005, 08:57 PM
Great now lets sign him to a multi-year deal so that we do not lose him after next season!

VIKES_1181
04-30-2005, 09:30 PM
theres no way hes gonna sign a long term deal he can probably start on a lot of teams. if he wasnt a restricted free agen theres no way he would of stayed here. thats why he waited to the last day to sign his offer. if somebody wanted to sign him they would have to given up a first rounfd draft pick. next season dont expect to see him here. but this year he will probably be the best nickel corner in the league.

magicci
04-30-2005, 09:44 PM
you think he will stay if we win the championship?

ItalianStallion
04-30-2005, 10:58 PM
"magicci" wrote:

you think he will stay if we win the championship?

If anything that would make him want to leave more because he'd get way more attention from other teams.

PurplePackerEater
04-30-2005, 11:32 PM
If it don't make dollars - It don't make sense.

And he WILL make the dollars.

Paulbedy59
05-01-2005, 12:03 AM
He will be playing his butt off for a new contract.Unfortunatly,it most likely will be a new contract from a new team.I don,t think he fancies the idea of being a nickle back..

VikingMike
05-01-2005, 02:38 AM
I'm really happy to see B-Will back in purple. He's a much better fit than Irvin...at least he can tackle, and he's a good cover man.





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Canadian_Viking
05-01-2005, 03:24 AM
Welcome back Williams!!....i'm happy to see that someone has put money aside and realized the potential in this team. I am making the drive from Toronto to Minny for a game this year so u know i'm hardcore. Anyways...Williamson (for those who read my previous threads) has always been my #1 guy...not Edwards, not Williams...but I'm just happy Brian is Back to provide quality depth to "our" team!!!


Year 2005/2006 .....most anticipated year ever!!!

DaunteHOF
05-01-2005, 05:42 AM
excellent, Smoot and winfield then williams comes in and the pressure doesn't stop...

VKG4LFE
05-01-2005, 08:05 PM
Good thing! He will be the best nickel CB in the league! Hopefully neither Smoot or Winfield get hurt (knock on wood) but he will be a great backup too!!

PAvikesfan
05-02-2005, 04:21 AM
very happy he will be back...quality player.

PurpleElf
05-02-2005, 09:39 AM
That is awesome, just hope he sticks around after this year and the Super Bowl victory.

elitespanky
05-02-2005, 05:52 PM
good now we dont have derk ross messing up our nickel position





go sam

smoot2boot
05-02-2005, 07:03 PM
Please don't mention Derek Ross I'm trying to eat lunch.