Vikings' Williamson allowed to seek trade options

Updated: February 22, 2008, 1:02 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The Minnesota Vikings have given wide receiver Troy Williamson the opportunity to shop himself in a trade, and there appears to be a lot of interest.

According to Williamson's agent, David Canter, 14 teams have been contacted, and eight have shown interest enough to reach out to the Vikings about a possible trade. Canter would like to have a trade agreed upon before Feb. 28, the start of the free agency period.

"He's property of the Minnesota Vikings right now and he's under contract," Vikings coach Brad Childress said. "We have spoken to his agent and he has the opportunity to go out [and seek a trade]."

Williamson was the seventh pick in the 2005 draft and went to Minnesota as part of the Randy Moss trade with the Oakland Raiders. He's had three receivers coaches and two head coaches in three seasons with the Vikings. He had 18 catches in 11 games last season.

John Clayton is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.

John Clayton

NFL senior writer