Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 4/16/13
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. The Minnesota Vikings entered the offseason with an aging and high-priced core of veteran defensive leaders. Defensive tackle Kevin Williams, the longest-tenured player with 10 seasons in Minnesota, has reportedly alleviated some of those financial concerns as he enters his 11th season since being the Vikings' first-round draft pick in 2003. ESPN.1500.com first reported Tuesday that Williams, 33, had agreed to a restructured contract with Minnesota that will cut his 2013 salary from 7 million to 4.9 million, which is now fully guaranteed. Williams is all but ensured of remaining in the middle of the Vikings' defensive line given the restructure and guarantee, but reports state that Williams' deal, which had been through the 2014 season, will now end after this season. The reports state that the renegotiation deleted the final year of his contract, which was scheduled to pay him 7 million plus 500,000 in bonuses. Williams, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, still holds a 100,000 workout bonus for next season. The restructure saves Minnesota 2.5 million in salary cap space. Those high prices along the defense cost the Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield, who was cut in March to save the 7.5 million left on his contract. Minnesota had hoped to resign its leader in the secondary, but he agreed to a one-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks last week after deciding between Seattle and the Vikings. Three of Minnesota's starters on the defensive line defensive Jared Allen, who is due 14.28 million in the final year of his contract, Williams and defensive end Brian Robison have deals that expire after next season. Backup defensive end Everson Griffen is also signed just through 2013. Follow Brian Hall on Twitter.
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