The Minnesota Vikings accelerated their rebuilding project this year with an aggressive purge of expensive veteran starters.
Kevin Williams, though, didn't worry.
Sure, he's one of only eight players currently on this 90-man roster who are 30 or older, and he's set to make a hefty $7 million this season. But the 10th-year defensive tackle finished 2011 with a flurry. With five sacks in the final seven games, he showed the team and the league if not himself that he can still be a productive if not disruptive player in the middle of the line.
''I'm a Viking until otherwise,'' Williams said, when asked about the offseason turnover that included the release of Steve Hutchinson, Anthony Herrera, Cedric Griffin and Ryan Longwell. Free agents Remi Ayodele, E.J. Henderson and Visanthe Shiancoe weren't re-signed. ''Whatever happens happens.''
Williams can become a free agent next year. If that is the end of his employment in Minnesota, ...