Thursday, June 12, 2014
Kevin Williams gives Seattle D-line depth
By Terry Blount
RENTON, Wash. – The Seahawks have wanted to add veteran depth on the defensive line since the offseason started. It finally happened Thursday when they signed 33-year-old defensive tackle Kevin Williams to a one-year deal in excess of $2 million, ESPN’s Ed Werder first reported and the Seahawks later confirmed.
Williams is a six-time Pro Bowl selection for the Minnesota Vikings, who has 60 career sacks. He was a member of the NFL’s All-Decade team for the 2000s.
Williams is 6-foot-5, 310 pounds. He started 15 games for the Vikings last season and had 17 tackles and 3½ sacks. He has started all but five games in his 11-year NFL career. He just completed a seven-year, $50 million contract with the Vikings.
Williams' deal with Seattle likely is contingent of him making the team. If so, the Seahawks probably will use Williams in a rotation with starters Brandon Mebane and Tony McDaniel. Williams helps make up for the loss of defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, who signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent.
Signing Williams also could mean the Seahawks aren’t sure how much second-year defensive tackles Jordan Hill and Jesse Williams are ready to contribute.