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.

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

  1. 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. 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. 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

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

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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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