MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings accelerated their rebuilding project this year with an aggressive purge of expensive veteran starters.
Kevin Williams, though, didn't worry. 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.
Williams, cornerback Antoine Winfield and punter Chris Kluwe are the only three players on the roster who joined the team before Brad Childress was hired as head coach in 2006.
Winfield, who's 35, and quarterback Sage Rosenfels, at 34, are the only others older than Williams. But nobody has a longer tenure with the Vikings, now that tight end Jim Kleinsasser has retired.