With every day that passed, I grew more and more confident that Pat Williams would return to the Vikings in 2010. Today, Williams’ agent confirmed that he plans to play in 2010 via a report from the Pioneer Press.
This is great news for the Vikings, as they will have one less pressing need to address this offseason. There is still a need to find Pat’s replacement, but it becomes less of an emergency knowing that he’ll be back.
As one pain-in-the-ass very astute reader pointed out (just kidding, Johnny, you’re the man), however, the WilliamsWall’s involvement in the StarCaps case could become an issue again. More should be known after Thursday, as another ruling should be on its way. However, the StarCaps case is one that is seemingly never ending and it is hard to tell exactly when a final ruling on the matter could happen.
If a ruling comes down that favors the NFL over Kevin and Pat Williams then they stand to be suspended for four games each. The players are currently trying to sue the league for violating Minnesota drug testing laws.
Pat Williams is not a lock to make the roster, however, as the Vikings may choose to part ways with him if they find a successor this offseason. He is due to make $4.25 million this year with a $250,000 roster bonus.
Given his ability to stop the run and also provide leadership to the defense, I find it hard to believe the Vikings will consider letting him go. If he gets a four game suspension, then perhaps that notion will change.