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Former All-Pro defensive tackle Kevin Williams of the Vikings said he think the players’ leaders have done well to keep them informed on the major issues and developments.

“I think for the most part, everybody gets the big picture,” Williams said. “The long version is it’s complicated and you can’t really understand everything that goes into it.”

But for players like Ryan Longwell, whose contract with Minnesota expired after last season, keeping up with every little detail has become imperative. He’s more than willing to do some extra work.

“What I found out is one word can change the whole meaning of everything,” Longwell said. “I think it’s important, no matter how long it takes, to understand the facts and not what the PR machine is trying to get you to believe.”