Vikings Say Goodbye to a Veteran CB

Jan 1, 2023; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; A Minnesota Vikings helmet sits on the field during warmups prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings have quite the cornerback battle on their hands this summer.

However, it appears that one player no longer will be a part of it. On Tuesday, the Vikings made the decision to release veteran cornerback Joejuan Williams in the wake of a report that Jerry Jacobs, one of the top remaining free agents at the position, would be visiting Eagan in the coming days.

Vikings Release Veteran CB Joejuan Williams

Aug 10, 2023; Seattle, Washington, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Joejuan Williams (29) covers Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jake Bobo (19) at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network had the scoop on this news, tweeting, “The #Vikings released veteran CB Joejuan Williams, per source.”

Williams was a second-round pick by the New England Patriots during the 2019 NFL Draft, being selected 45th overall. The cornerback spent his collegiate days at Vanderbilt, playing three seasons for the Commodores.

In total, Williams recorded 119 tackles, six tackles for loss, 25 passes defended, four interceptions, and a forced fumble during his time at Vanderbilt. All four of those interceptions came during his final season of 2018.

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Aug 12, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Joejuan Williams (33) runs the ball after intercepting a pass against the Washington Football Team during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Williams spent four seasons in New England, but he never really lived up to that second-round status with the Patriots. He appeared in 36 games and made one start during his time with the team, amassing 44 tackles and eight passes defended.

When he entered free agency last spring, he signed with the Vikings but was waived prior to the start of the season and began the year on the practice squad. The Chicago Bears then swooped in and signed him off the practice squad, allowing him to play four games in the Windy City.

Chicago then released Williams on Halloween, and he returned to Minnesota where he finished the regular season, appearing in two games down the stretch and recording a pair of passes defended as well as a single tackle.

Joejuan Williams
Nov 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty (32) celebrates with cornerback Jalen Mills (2) and safety Adrian Phillips (21) and cornerback Joejuan Williams (33) after an interception against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

With the release of Williams, the Vikings now have an open spot on their 90-man roster that can be used on a different potential contributor.


Editor’s Note: Statistics for this article were found via Pro Football Reference and Sports Reference CFB.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of PurplePTSD.com. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.

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