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The New England Patriots visited with free-agent defensive tackle Kevin Williams last Thursday, and during an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio today, Williams spoke about his conversations with Bill Belichick.
"He went through the roster and basically explained where I could fit in with those guys," Williams told hosts Bruce Murray and Rich Gannon. "They had a lot of injuries and they have some veteran guys coming off of injuries that play tackle, and I would have a chance to compete for a position there. Either way, we'd have a good rotation and have a chance to win some games."
Williams, who has spent his entire career with the Vikings (2003-2013) said in the interview that he's never been part of a pure rotation, but it's something he would embrace at this point in his career.
"I think I still have some juice in the tank and to be in a nice rotation, it would maximize both for me and whatever team I'm with to both get the best from it," he explained.
Along those lines, Williams confirmed he's taken visits to the Giants, Patriots and Seahawks, and added that he and agent Tom Condon have "recently had some more communication with the Vikings."
Specific to the Vikings, Williams said, "They might be trying to ease back in the picture. We'll know more maybe as the week goes on." Overall, Williams relayed that talks with teams are "kind of picking up a little bit" and his hope is that "we can knock something out in the next week or two." He plans to play somewhere in 2014.
"My main criteria has really been having a chance to win and playing with a proven quarterback," Williams said, when asked if there is a certain level of contract he'd be willing to accept. "Those things are huge when you get older, you want to have that chance to get in the dance and just be there to have a chance at the end of the season. You don't want to take that beating all year to just go home for another offseason. ...The game in the trenches is tough enough as it is, and to not be playing for something at the end is tough at this point."
QUICK-HIT THOUGHTS: Former Vikings defensive line coach Brendan Daly is in his first year on the Patriots' staff, which could add to the comfort level for Williams if there was mutual interest between the sides in striking a deal. From Williams' perspective, the Patriots would also check off the boxes when it comes to having a chance to win and playing with a proven quarterback. As for the Patriots, when it comes to penetrating defensive tackles, they have Tommy Kelly (coming off torn ACL), first-round pick Dominique Easley (coming off torn ACL), and second-year players Chris Jones and Armond Armstead (still limited in practice). With some health questions at the position, Williams could provide more of a sure thing as the picture continues to sort itself out between those players and other defensive tackles on the roster such as Vince Wilfork, Sealver Siliga and Joe Vellano.
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