Veteran defensive tackle Kevin Williams, who agreed to terms earlier today to sign a one-year deal with the Seahawks, told the St. Paul Pioneer-Press tonight that he also had similar offers from the Vikings, Giants and Patriots, but thought Seattle was the “best fit.”
Willliams played 11 years with Minnesota, playing out a seven-year, $50 million deal signed in 2006 and then becoming a free agent.
Wrote the Pioneer-Press:
“I just believed that it probably was the best fit,’’ said Williams, 33, who made $5 million last season but knew he had to take a pay cut due to his age. “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.’’
Williams said he’s content to either start or be a rotation player for Seattle. He said playing limited snaps could prolong his career.
“Who knows?’’ Williams said. “I might go there and become a spring chicken again and play two or three more years.’’
Williams said he will fly from his Arkansas home to Seattle early next week and sign his contract. He then will participate in the team’s minicamp.
That Williams won’t sign his contract until next week means the Seahawks won’t have to make a roster move until then. They are at the NFL max of 90 right now and a move will have to be made to create a spot for Williams.