Madieu Williams visited Falcons, signs with Skins
Williams most recently played with the San Francisco 49ers, where he recorded 9 tackles in 15 games, including 3 starts. He began the season as the 49ers starting free safety, as an injury replacement for Dashon Goldson. But once Goldson returned by Week 3, he logged minimal playing time after that. He joined the 49ers last summer after three injury-filled seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. He missed 7 games in 2008 with a neck injury, but managed a total of 38 starts during his time with Minnesota. Prior to joining the Vikings, Williams played four years with the Cincinnati Bengals, earning a reputation as a ballhawk. Throughout his career, he has recorded 12 interceptions and 35 pass deflections. His best season came in 2006 with the Bengals, where he had 88 tackles, 3 interceptions, and 10 deflections.
Williams, 30, is also mulling over an offer from the Washington Redskins, who he visited on Friday with. Williams was born in Sierra Leone, but went to high school and college at the University of Maryland. He was originally a second round pick by the Bengals in 2004. That would make the Redskins a potential homecoming for him. If Williams signed with the Falcons, he would likely serve as the team’s top reserve at safety, following in the footsteps of James Sanders, who recently signed with the Arizona Cardinals, and Erik Coleman. Williams has spent the bulk of his career playing free safety.