Vikings | Contract Update: Williamson
Mon, 1 Aug 2005 05:31:51 -0700
Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings and first-round draft pick WR Troy Williamson have agreed in principle on a complicated seven-year deal worth up to $32 million, including $13.3 million in guarantees. Agent David Canter made clear that the key elements of Williamson's contract were agreed upon with the Vikings, and Rob Brzezinski, the club's vice president of football operations, confirmed as much, although both sides noted that the necessary signatures are still missing from the 30-plus page contract. Williamson has essentially agreed to a five-year deal worth $15.75 million. He will immediately receive a $1.87 million roster bonus, and he will get a $9.26 million guaranteed option bonus at the end of this season, which will void the sixth year of the deal. Williamson will receive another guaranteed $1.35 million after the 2006 season, which voids the seventh and final year of the deal. Williamson's contract also includes another $1.5 million in easy-to-reach incentives, most notably minimum playing time, as well as up to $8 million in escalators based on production. Williamson also can earn $250,000 for each Pro Bowl berth and $500,000 if he wins the Rookie of the Year award.