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Updated: February 11th, 2013 11:33am
Vikings confirm signing of former CFL All-Star Rod Williams

Vikings confirm signing of former CFL All-Star Rod Williams

by Tom Pelissero
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The Minnesota Vikings on Monday confirmed the signing of former Canadian Football League defensive back Rod Williams. Terms were not disclosed.

Williams, 25, played the past three seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos before being released last month to pursue NFL opportunities. The Alcorn State product stands 5-11 and 180 pounds and had 11 interceptions and 111 tackles in his Eskimos tenure, earning All-Star honors in 2011.

George Paton, the Vikings' assistant general manager, is known for his scouting of other pro leagues. In 2009, the Vikings signed former CFL linebacker Kenny Onatolu, who contributed for three seasons on special teams.

The Vikings also signed CFL products the past two years -- receiver Emmanuel Arceneaux (another Alcorn State product) in 2011 and linebacker Solomon Elimimian in 2012 -- but their stays were short-lived.

The signing puts 54 players on the Vikings' roster. Fourteen players from last year's roster are unsigned. Unrestricted free agency begins on March 12.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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