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Madieu Williams | Defensive Back

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (33) / 10/18/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 209
College: Maryland
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The Washington Post considers Madieu Williams the early favorite for the Redskins' free safety job.
Brandon Meriweather is locked in at strong safety, with Reed Doughty behind him. Williams has reportedly received the bulk of the early first-team free safety reps at OTAs, ahead of Tanard Jackson and DeJon Gomes. Jackson has the best talent of the bunch and could give Williams a stronger run in training camp. Fri, Jun 15, 2012 03:07:00 PM

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Redskins agreed to terms with S Madieu Williams, formerly of the 49ers.

The former Maryland star chose to play close to home over joining a better team in the Falcons. Williams is likely slated to compete with 2011 fifth-rounder DeJon Gomes for the starting free safety job. Without special teams value, the 30-year-old could be released before the start of the season if he doesn't win out in camp.
Tue, Apr 10, 2012 03:21:00 PM

The player rep for free agent S Madieu Williams confirms he is deciding between the Falcons and Redskins.

He visited Atlanta on Monday after checking in with Washington last week. A part-time player during his age-30 campaign in 2011, he won't be signed to start.
Tue, Apr 10, 2012 08:49:00 AM

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee is "hearing" free agent S Madieu Williams will sign with either the Falcons or Redskins shortly.

Williams left Washington without a deal in place late last week. He had another undisclosed visit set for Monday, and the tea leaves now suggest it was with Atlanta. Williams would be a reserve/role player in either locale.
Mon, Apr 9, 2012 04:11:00 PM

Free agent S Madieu Williams left Washington without a contract in place Friday and has another visit lined up for Monday.

Williams must not have loved the offer, or else he would be a Redskin by now. The team he plans to visit Monday is undisclosed. Once regarded amongst the league's top free safeties, Williams' NFL stock has fallen dramatically over the past couple years. He's likely looking at veteran minimum deals.
Fri, Apr 6, 2012 05:00:00 PM

Free agent S Madieu Williams is reportedly visiting the Redskins on Friday.

The 30-year-old former Maryland star will have trouble earning a roster spot this season after registering just nine tackles in 15 games with the 49ers last year. He brings no special teams value.
Fri, Apr 6, 2012 08:31:00 AM

The Sacramento Bee only expects the 49ers to re-sign free agent S Madieu Williams "at the right price."

Locking up free agent FS Dashon Goldson is expected to be one of the Niners' top priorities, and Williams proved to be expendable during his age-30 season, making just nine tackles in 15 games. If he's re-signed, it will be on the cheap and as a strict reserve.
Tue, Feb 7, 2012 10:36:00 PM

The 49ers will start Madieu Williams at free safety in Week 1 against the Seahawks.

It's interesting to note that Williams played with Seattle OC Darrell Bevell and starting QB Tarvaris Jackson in Minnesota for the past several seasons. Williams is replacing Dashon Goldson, who'll miss the game with a knee injury. Reggie Smith likely would've gotten the nod if not for a bad knee of his own.
Fri, Sep 9, 2011 03:47:00 PM

49ers agreed to terms with S Madieu Williams on a one-year contract.

Last we heard, the Niners were battling the Raiders for FS Dashon Goldson. It's not clear if the Williams signing is a hedge against Goldson leaving or merely for depth. Williams' effectiveness has waned since a 2008 neck injury, and he has just one interception in his last 29 starts.
Mon, Aug 1, 2011 03:29:00 PM

Vikings released FS Madieu Williams.

So much for the idea that the short offseason would protect veterans with bloated salaries. Coach Leslie Frazier wanted to keep Williams around, but his play hasn't matched his scheduled $5.5 million salary. The Vikings will clear $3.5 million in cap space with the move.
Thu, Jul 28, 2011 04:18:00 PM

Profootballtalk.com is hearing that the new NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement will include language that protects veterans with big salaries from being sure salary cap casualties.

The rumor going around is that there will be a flexible salary cap early in the new CBA, allowing teams to keep high-paid veterans they deem worthy of keeping. (Like Vikings FS Madieu Williams.) Veterans with obviously bad contracts like Bernard Berrian and probably Reggie Bush would still be released. It's shaping up as if the new CBA will be pretty player-friendly.
Thu, Jul 21, 2011 10:09:00 AM

One NFC personnel man predicts that fewer veteran salary cuts will take place this year due to the lack of offseason activities.

"The whole offseason program is going to be out," the NFC official said. "So, teams are going to keep more vets this year than they will rookies, just because of that." Added one AFC personnel director regarding rookies, "If they really need a fair chance to make your team, then they've got to be in the OTAs, the minicamps." Vikings beat writer Tom Pelissero suggests that FS Madieu Williams, despite a $5.4 million salary, may be safe because of these factors.
Fri, May 27, 2011 02:12:00 PM

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier insists he isn't giving up on FS Madieu Williams despite back-to-back poor seasons.

Williams' play has been tentative since a 2008 neck injury, and he has just one interception in his last 29 starts. Pro Football Focus graded him 84th out of 85 NFL safeties last season. Frazier does plan to let Tyrell Johnson push Williams in training camp this year. If Johnson wins, Williams will be an obvious release candidate with a $5.4 million salary.
Tue, Mar 29, 2011 10:56:00 AM

Vikings S Madieu Williams was named the 2010 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year.

Williams was chosen over finalists Nnamdi Asomugha and Israel Idonije. Williams donated $2 million dollars to create the Madieu Williams Center for Global Health at the University of Maryland, which will focus on health issues in Prince George's County, MD as well as in his native country of Sierra Leone. Williams has also been active in the Twin Cities community, working with the North Community YMCA, United Way and Harvest Prep/Seed Academy .
Sun, Feb 6, 2011 06:32:00 PM

Vikings FS Madieu Williams is considered a "long shot" to return at his $5.4 million base salary in 2011.

Williams allowed a 114.0 passer rating on passes thrown in his direction while taking bad angles on running plays. The only way he'll return to Minnesota is with a major paycut.
Wed, Jan 26, 2011 11:30:00 AM

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