The Seahawks today have added some veteran help on the defensive line, agreeing to a deal with defensive tackle Kevin Williams, who played from 2003-13 with the Minnesota Vikings.
ESPN’s Ed Werder first reported that the total value of the one-year deal is “in excess” of $2 million. It has since been confirmed by the team.
Williams, who turns 34 on Aug. 16, played his entire 11-year career with the Vikings, making 29 tackles with 3.5 sacks in 15 games last season.
Williams likely comes in as a veteran to add depth at the tackle spots, specifically at the three-technique position. Intriguingly, Tony McDaniel, who also plays there, spent some time in Thursday’s OTA at defensive end. Seattle lost a valued defensive tackle when Clinton McDonald signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent. Williams will help replace McDonald as well as add some insurance as young players such as Jesse Williams and Jordan Hill develop.
Williams is a six-time Pro Bowler and a five-time All-Pro. The Oklahoma State grad has 60 sacks in his NFL career.
Here’s a good look at what Williams did for the Vikings last season, which also notes that he played far more than the team expected. In fact, he played 746 snaps last season, more than any Seattle defensive linemen.
Here are the Seattle DL snap counts from last season:
Michael Bennett, 600, 57.5 (percent)
Chris Clemons, 570, 54.7
Cliff Avril, 551, 52.8
Brandon Mebane, 531, 50.9
Clint McDonald, 530, 50.8
Tony McDaniel, 528, 50.6
Red Bryant, 481, 46.1
— Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) June 12, 2014