- Ben Goessling, ESPN Staff Writer
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MINNEAPOLIS -- In the course of a Sirius XM Radio interview on Tuesday, in which he recapped his visits with the New England Patriots, New York Giants and Seattle Seahawks, defensive tackle Kevin Williams cracked open the door for a return to the Minnesota Vikings.
Williams said his agent, Tom Condon, "recently had some more communication with the Vikings," adding, "They might be trying to ease back in the picture. We’ll know more maybe as the week goes on.” The 33-year-old had talked to the Vikings earlier this offseason about returning for a 12th season, though it appeared that possibility was dead when the Vikings signed Tom Johnson for their three-technique tackle rotation with Sharrif Floyd.
From here, it still seems a bit difficult to imagine the Vikings being the best fit for Williams, considering he'd have to learn a new system that asks three-technique tackles to engage blockers and play the run more than it gives them the freedom to get upfield. Essentially, that would be a different set of responsibilities than Williams had in the Vikings' old system, and the Patriots -- who hired former Vikings defensive line coach Brendan Daly -- could be a more appetizing option, particularly as Williams talks about his desire to play with a proven quarterback and that could give him a shot at the Super Bowl.
The Vikings still have about $7.75 million under the cap, though, and it wouldn't take much to sign Williams. If they're in search of some more depth at three-technique tackle, they might still have room for the six-time Pro Bowler. We should know soon whether Williams will continue his career with the only franchise he's ever played for, or if he'll move on to a new team.