Saints visit with six-time Pro Bowl DT Kevin Williams


The New Orleans Saints brought in veteran defensive tackle Kevin Williams for a visit this week, a league source confirmed. Williams, 34, was a six-time Pro Bowler with the Minnesota Vikings before spending last season with the Seattle Seahawks.

The visit was first reported by WWL Radio. It's unclear if any contract talks have emerged.

The Saints don’t have much experienced depth along their defensive line, with starters Cameron Jordan, Akiem Hicks and Brodrick Bunkley being flanked by young backups John Jenkins, Glenn Foster and four rookies. New Orleans also kicked the tires on veteran lineman Corey Wootton last month without signing him.

Williams has 63 career sacks in 12 seasons, including three last year. The 6-foot-5, 311-pounder spent most of his career as a three-technique tackle in Minnesota’s 4-3 defense, but he ended up starting the final 10 games at nose tackle for Seattle last season, including the playoffs, after starter Brandon Mebane went down with a torn hamstring. Williams accepted the challenge and was a force inside for the Seahawks down the stretch.

The Saints switch between three-man and four-man fronts in defensive coordinator Rob Ryan’s hybrid scheme, so Williams could potentially play both tackle spots or even 3-4 end as a rotational option.

Williams is also likely remembered in New Orleans for being one of the defendants in the infamous StarCaps case against the NFL, which also included Saints players Deuce McAllister, Will Smith and Charles Grant and fellow Vikings defensive tackle Pat Williams.

ESPN NFL Nation Seahawks reporter Terry Blount contributed to this report.