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Kevin Williams says he turned down Vikings offer to sign with Seattle

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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.

However, the Vikings got back in the mix for Williams in the last couple weeks before he agreed to terms with the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday.

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.

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33 Responses to “Kevin Williams says he turned down Vikings offer to sign with Seattle”
  1. trollhammer20 says: Jun 12, 2014 11:01 PM

    Love the signing. Reminds me of getting Winfield last year. He wound up not making the team because of the outstanding depth in the secondary. Williams has a better chance of making the team, though, since Seattle is looking at some as-yet-unproven players to take the place of Red Bryant and Clinton McDonald.

  2. wheezerswin says: Jun 12, 2014 11:11 PM

    Of course he turned down the Vikings. He wants to close out his career a winner. Just like Jared Allen and Percy Harvin and a long list of others who couldn’t take being on a losing franchise.

  3. ravens2xworldchamps says: Jun 12, 2014 11:13 PM

    Baltimore Ravens

    The only team undefeated in Super Bowls (2-0)

  4. FlashPatterson says: Jun 12, 2014 11:33 PM

    He was my favorite Viking for years, I don’t blame him for wanting to try for a SuperBowl but I still hope he doesn’t get it.

  5. crapsandviche says: Jun 12, 2014 11:44 PM

    I have a felling Kevin Williams is going to be used for training camp and get Winfield before the season starts. Just a body for camp. I hope not cause he a pretty good guy, but I just have a feeling that’s going to happen

  6. tremoluxman says: Jun 12, 2014 11:44 PM

    Wish he was still here in Minnesota. Great player and a stand-up guy. Wish him the best in Seattle.

  7. spoilerfutbol says: Jun 13, 2014 12:05 AM

    What is the reason for take shots on your former team?

  8. vikes89allday says: Jun 13, 2014 12:37 AM

    Traiter…. After signing every possible Viking free agent since 09 to win a Super Bowl they do it again

  9. gmsalpha says: Jun 13, 2014 12:41 AM

    And playing the next two seasons in TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the Golden Gophers probably didn’t help either.

  10. fumblenuts says: Jun 13, 2014 12:45 AM

    Welcome to the Hawks, let’s kick some ass!

    #GOHAWKS!!!

  11. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jun 13, 2014 12:47 AM

    Kevin will be the next in a long line of former Vikings who have gone to the Seahawks and made almost no contribution. At least they didn’t have to give up first- and third-round draft choices for this one.

  12. coondabye says: Jun 13, 2014 1:10 AM

    You can’t handle the truth.

  13. bornahawker says: Jun 13, 2014 1:47 AM

    Welcome to a winner

  14. thevikes99 says: Jun 13, 2014 2:15 AM

    Good luck and hope you can get a ring, thanks for your time with us class act.

  15. staffordsyear says: Jun 13, 2014 5:48 AM

    Can ya blame him?..Super Bowl Champion or living in the cellar, yea good choice Kevin.

  16. derklempner says: Jun 13, 2014 6:01 AM

    Williams wanted to be on a team that actually had a chance to reach the postseason.

  17. kodatrout says: Jun 13, 2014 6:47 AM

    hmmmm….. Worst franchise in sports or a superbowl contender. Tough choice.

  18. bobnelsonjr says: Jun 13, 2014 7:10 AM

    A very easy choice.

    Worst case scenario for the Seahawks is they are a wild card team losing in the playoffs.

    Best case scenario for the vikings is improving to 6-10.

  19. duluthvikesfan says: Jun 13, 2014 7:33 AM

    He has one or maybe even two years left in him. As much as I like what Minnesota is doing and I think they are moving in the right direction, they are a couple of years away. Seattle is the odds on favorite to win it all again. Can’t blame the guy for taking one last stab at getting a ring.

  20. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jun 13, 2014 7:57 AM

    Is this a surprise? Has any player with offers from Minnesota and at least one other NFL/CFL/AFL team ever picked Minnesota?

  21. whatjusthapped says: Jun 13, 2014 8:02 AM

    It’s simple, its called leverage. Williams never wanted to resign with the Vikings but he did want the best deal possible.

    What I love the most is William’s comments on the QB situation. He might be the only person in Minneapolis that recognizes that you need a QB to win in the NFL and also recognizes that Cassel, Ponder and Bustwater might play QB but clearly are lacking. The first step to solving any problem is admitting that it exists in the first place and it might take another last place finish to get the Viking fans to accept that the Vikings need to find a QB, preferably one with big hands.

  22. tokyofilthblaster says: Jun 13, 2014 8:56 AM

    “It’s so uncertain what’s going on in Minnesota. Who knows?”

    ~ Kevin Williams

    I do. Another last place finish is what’s going on in Minnesota.

  23. surfinbird1 says: Jun 13, 2014 9:35 AM

    What a chump. The Pats don’t need you anyway. Hey, we just signed our 12th no-name receiver ,so there!

  24. pkrlvr says: Jun 13, 2014 9:43 AM

    He’s getting pretty old anyway no big loss for the vikes in my opinion.

  25. gbmickey says: Jun 13, 2014 9:54 AM

    The players and many of them longtime Vikings cant wait to get off that sinking ship. Yet these veterans apparently know less than the fan base and queen posters who again claim another offseason championship with their additions and existing talent. What another slap in the face to a floundering franchise, man that has to hurt. But lets hear how washed up he was yet the Vikings made an offer or change the subject and somehow bring up the Packers. The mere fact the players have no loyalty and don’t believe says it all.

  26. revren10 says: Jun 13, 2014 9:58 AM

    He didn’t resign with the Vikings after they drafted Akili Smith 2.0. He thought to himself it would be nice to play for a Super Bowl winning franchise and the Vikings will never be that. With the first pick in the 2015 draft the Vikings select another quarterback

  27. watermelon1 says: Jun 13, 2014 10:14 AM

    The rich get richer.

    For as many talented players who stick with bad teams who never improve… It’s nice to see a player leave because he wants to try and win.

    Calvin Johnson…. Really wish you got out of Detroit when you had the chance!

  28. thepftpoetisacrossdresser says: Jun 13, 2014 10:34 AM

    This was like getting offered 2 choices for dinner.

    A nice grilled ribeye or 2 cups of Alpo dog food.

    He took the steak.

  29. purpleguy says: Jun 13, 2014 11:17 AM

    Best of luck to Williams — it makes complete sense that he’d go to Seattle where he has more of a chance to play and to get a ring. Even the multitude of Pack posters above, throwing rocks from their glass houses as they call Vikings fans trolls, wish Williams well.

  30. leagueobservr says: Jun 13, 2014 12:41 PM

    “It’s so uncertain what’s going on in Minnesota. Who knows?”

    Somewhere out there Percy Harvin read that and laughed his butt off. :-D

  31. Frazier28/7 says: Jun 13, 2014 5:46 PM

    Blah, blah blah.
    Whatever helps Seatlle destroy Green Bay in the playoffs! Get big ticket a ring 12-nation!

  32. n001363 says: Jun 14, 2014 12:25 AM

    Here comes the farm team comments. You won’t win the SB this year. Teams always look like their in for a long run at success, then they fall to earth. That’s why we love the NFL.

  33. favrewillplay4ever says: Jun 14, 2014 12:30 AM

    Great, now he’s going to help their secondary get even more jacked by introducing them to Star Caps. As if they needed any more illegal substances to chose from up there…

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