From the Star Tribune:
Williams is entering the final season of a three-year, $13 million deal, and Childress said he recently spoke with Williams about an extension.
"He wants to be here," Childress said. "He'd like to retire here. With a year to go, we're going to see if we can work with his number and see if it's favorable to him and favorable to us. Quite possibly, it's not his last year here.
"Pat Williams is a guy I'd like to have on my team for a lot of reasons. A, he's a good football player. B, because he's a good person. C, he's a good locker room guy."
Childress acknowledged he did not always share that sentiment.
"When we first got there," Childress said, "I don't know that we thought Pat Williams had a great future.
There was a huge buy-in factor. He really elevated his game from the standpoint of hustle and movement."
From the fans's perspective, Childress put one of the team's better players, stand up guys and defensive contributors on the lazy fat boy program last offseason to make some kind of point. Any idiot who watched the Vikings 2005 season could have seen that Phat Pat was already a key player.
Childress is forgetting that there is also a huge buy in factor for a new head coach. And unlike Phat Pat, Childress did NOT silence his own critics in 2006.