Report: Kevin Williams takes big pay cut to stay with Vikings

By Larry Hartstein |

Kevin Williams has started 156 games in 10 seasons in Minnesota. (USATSI)

Defensive tackle Kevin Williams is taking a substantial pay cut to stay with the Vikings.

ESPN 1500 Twin Cities reports Williams agreed to a restructuring that will pay him $4.9 million this season and make him a free agent next season, instead of earning $7.5 million each year.

The five-time, first-team All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowler turns 33 in August and is coming off a season in which he posted 20 tackles and two sacks. Still, Williams clogs running lanes playing the “3-technique” and graded out as the league's 10th-best defensive tackle, according to Pro Football Focus. He has started all but four games of his 10-year career.

With the move, Minnesota is $6.9 million under the cap heading to the draft.

The station noted that Minnesota's top four defensive linemen -- Williams, Jared Allen, Brian Robison and Everson Griffen -- all will be free agents after this season.

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