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Updated: April 16th, 2013 12:18pm
Source: Vikings renegotiate Kevin Williams' deal, saving $2.5M on cap

Source: Vikings renegotiate Kevin Williams' deal, saving $2.5M on cap

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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The Minnesota Vikings have renegotiated Kevin Williams' contract, guaranteeing a reduced base salary for 2013 and making him a free agent after the season, an NFL source said on Tuesday.

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 rengotiation.

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.

Williams, who turns 33 in August, has been in decline for years. But he remains their most viable option at the three-technique position, where backup Christian Ballard has underwhelmed in two seasons.

It had seemed obvious for months the Vikings would address Williams' deal, given that he's in decline and they need space to sign both their draft class and players to fill out the 90-man camp roster. They had 65 players under contract as of Tuesday afternoon.

They previously restructured the deals of tight end John Carlson and guard Charlie Johnson and also cut cornerback Antoine Winfield to save another $7.25 million in cap space hours before free agency began last month.

Deleting the last year of Williams' deal means arguably the Vikings' top four defensive linemen -- Jared Allen, Brian Robison, Everson Griffen and Williams -- all are unsigned beyond the 2013 season.

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