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Pat Williams’ Agent Says His Client Will be Gone in 08

Pat Williams is one big, and I mean BIG reason why the Vikings defense improved so greatly in 2006.  As far as this season, things should be one and the same with the big man, but if Williams’ agent is speaking the truth (and who really knows), then this will be the last season that Williams wears purple.  Angelo Wright, the agent for Williams, said on Friday that a thought of a long-term deal with the Vikings is dead, and that once his client hits free agency in 2008, he’ll be playing in different colors.

“We engaged in a dialogue and set a date before the season kicked in, and today was the day they strapped up, so by not reaching an accord on a new deal, we will move on after the season,” Wright said Friday evening. “Teams sign their core players, and don’t let them get into a situation where the player’s value is determined by the market. Since we couldn’t reach an agreement with the Vikings on where his value is, we’ll go into the market next offseason, and let the market dictate his value. We anticipate there will be a lot of interest in him.”

One deal that the agent for Williams looked closely at was the one that Lions DT Cory Redding got just a short time ago.  It was that deal for Redding, a guy who really was unknown until he switched from an end to a tackle.  It was that mega-deal, 7 years at $49 million, that told Wright that Williams was worth more than he was getting paid.  Pat Williams enters his final year of a three-year deal that is paying him $13 million.

“Whether they think he has two years left or five years left, you still pay value to value,” Wright said of Williams, who went to the Pro Bowl in February. “This guy is an anomaly. If their concern is whether he will have a drop-off, then that drop-off would still exceed the production value of the majority of the defensive tackles in this league. He’s at his pinnacle now. The skill level has not eroded, and he’s maintained durability.”

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