Safety Madieu Williams is a former Viking after being cut today along with DT Jimmy Kennedy and WR Freddie Brown. The release of Williams takes $5.4 million off the books for a franchise scrambling to fill holes including the big giant one at wide receiver now that Sidney Rice is gone.
I’m guessing not many fans will lament the departure of Williams, a fine human being who just never made it after signing a large free agent contract years ago with the Vikings. Fairly or unfairly, Williams became one of Viking fandom’s main whipping boys last year until a concussion mercifully ended his season.
Never again will we have to watch Madieu take a bad angle or miss a tackle. As of now, the top two safeties on the Vikings roster are Husain Abdullah and Jamarca Sanford. Abdullah has shown promise and may be ready to lock down a starting job; the same can’t necessarily be said for Sanford or the Vikings’ other safety Tyrell Johnson. Some kind of move will have to be made now, we assume. With Eric Weddle off the market, the Vikings could turn their attention to Dawan Landry or Michael Huff, though I would be wary of signing Huff who has been known to induce vomiting in former Tampa Bay defensive linemen.
Fans will note that Bernard Berrian is not included among the released players. Yesterday Berrian tweeted that he’d met with Viking coaches and gotten a copy of the playbook, so I’d be surprised if they cut him. It’s not like they’re super-deep at receiver right now and Berrian’s cap number isn’t overly high.