Defensive tackle Kevin Williams has spent the entirety of his 11-year NFL career as a starter with the Minnesota Vikings.
Williams days in Minnesota appeared to be over and the door to return shut after he reached free agency this March. The Vikings moved on with signings of Tom Johnson and Corey Wooten to add to their defensive line rotation.
According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press, Williams said he was offered a similar contract to the one he accepted from Seattle, but elected for a change of scenery instead of returning to Minnesota.
“I just believed that it probably was the best fit,” Williams said. “Just the direction that the team has been going. They’ve got a quarterback (Russell Wilson) and they’re coming off a Super Bowl (win). They’ve got a great young team.”
“It’s so uncertain what’s going on in Minnesota. Who knows? They might win 10 games this year or they could have another season like last year,’’ Williams added.
Williams said the New England Patriots and New York Giants also tendered comparable offers before he elected to sign with Seattle. He had free agent visits with both teams this offseason.
Williams had 29 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 15 starts for the Vikings last season. He likely will not be a starter with the Seahawks and would be more of a rotational player along the defensive font. He’s expected to join the team for their mini-camp next week.