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Monday, March 11, 2013
Kevin Williams: 'You want to win games'

By Kevin Seifert

Make that two prominent Minnesota Vikings veterans who, from at least a competitive standpoint, weren't huge fans of Monday's decision to trade receiver Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks.

We've already noted that tailback Adrian Peterson tweeted he had been kicked in the stomach "several times." Meanwhile, defensive tackle Kevin Williams told Sirius/XM NFL radio that he hopes the move doesn't lead to a short-term step back for the franchise and admitted: "I can't tell you one receiver that's on the team right now."

As we discussed earlier, the Vikings' top returning receiver is Jarius Wright, a 2012 fourth-round draft pick who played in seven games as a rookie last season. Williams made clear that the Vikings have an opportunity to rebuild the receiving group between now and the start of the season, but it won't be an easy task.

"I mean, I can't say I'm just happy about it," Williams said. "Who knows how much longer I have in Minnesota. And the timing, now, you want to win games. You don't want to go through a year like we had a couple years ago at 3-13 and 6-10. Those seasons are not fun and the older you get, you don't want to go through that as a veteran player. You want to win.

"I think [Harvin] gave us a great chance to win. But, on the other side, too, the guys who run the team, they're in that position for a reason and I guess they believe they're doing the right thing."

Williams has played 10 seasons and will be 33 in August. It would be understandable if he were disappointed in the departure of a young, dynamic player. Players don't care about salary-cap headaches, and not all of them worry about the behavior of their teammates.

Many of them want to win now, regardless of long-term implications. I guess that's why there will never be a player-general manager in the NFL. Sometimes the two interests are competing.