Kevin Williams could see playing time cut nearly in half this season
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MANKATO, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings Coach Leslie Frazier said after Monday morning's walkthrough that veteran defensive tackle Kevin Williams' pay might not be the only thing cut back. His playing time is likely to see a hit as well.
"We're going to have to see how the other guys come along," Frazier said. "But if we have 30-35 good snaps from Kevin, that would be terrific. Meaning someone else getting 20 to 25 snaps, maybe, split between one or two other guys."
"[Kevin] is more than capable of playing 60 snaps, but it'd be better for our football team if we can get those snaps between 30 and 40."
One of those other guys will be Sharrif Floyd, who will begin the process of proving his worth when the Vikings have their first padded practice on Monday afternoon.
The 32-year-old Williams didn't decline last season as much as some thought he might entering his 10th year in the league. He played more than 50 snaps per game, but recorded a career-low 45 tackles. Williams played 886 total snaps last year according to ProFootballFocus.com. If he played an average of 35 per game in 2013, he would be on the field for 560 snaps.
Williams, who turns 33 on Aug. 16, took a $2.5 million pay cut when he restructured his contract in April right before the Vikings drafted Floyd with the 23rd overall pick. Williams is still guaranteed $4.9 million base salary with a $100,000 workout bonus, restructured to stay with the team that drafted him and Frazier said his importance extends beyond the playing field.
"He's been great, been great with the young guys," Frazier said. "If there's anyone that can handle moments like these when we draft a guy like Sharrif, Kevin is the guy. He understands that."