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Kevin Williams Re-Negotiates Contract

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This would have been really helpful a few weeks ago.

The Minnesota Vikings announced today that defensive tackle Kevin Williams, the longest-tenured member of the team, has re-negotiated his contract. The new deal guarantees him a lower base salary in 2013, and makes him a free agent at the conclusion of the season.

According to Tom Pelissero of 1500 ESPN:

The renegotiation was completed on Monday. It cut Williams' base salary for 2013 from a non-guaranteed $7 million to $4.9 million, which is now fully guaranteed -- all but ensuring the veteran defensive tackle will play an 11th season in Minnesota.

He previously was scheduled to make a base salary of $7 million plus $500,000 in bonuses in 2014 as well, but that year was deleted with the renegotiation.

Williams keeps his $100,000 workout bonus for 2013, but a $400,000 weight clause is dropped. So, the restructed saves the Vikings $2.5 million in salary cap space. They're now about $6.913 million under their adjusted cap of $129.152 million.

Nice job by Kevin Williams to re-do his deal, particularly when he didn't have to. There's a very good chance that this is going to be his last season in purple. Hopefully he can go out with something big.