Williams will retire on Thursday. Williams, who has logged more starts (171 games) at defensive tackle for the Vikings than any other player, signed a one-day deal to retire in Minnesota. The 35-year-old Williams was the ninth overall selection by the Vikings in 2003 and registered 63 sacks, 529 tackles, nine forced fumbles and five interceptions in his 13-year career spent with the Vikings (11 seasons), Seahawks, and Saints (1 season each). At his peak, Williams was one of, if-not-the best defensive tackle in league, selected to six Pro Bowls and named a First-team All-Pro five times.
The Saints were busy making personnel changes on Friday. The team signed defensive tackle Kevin Williams and waived rookie tight end Harold Spears, per The Times-Picayune. Williams, a six-time Pro Bowler, signed a one-year deal with the Saints. He's played in 187 games over the last 12 years, and started eight games last season while recording 30 tackles and three sacks. Spears caught 56 passes for 838 yards and four touchdowns as a senior at New Hampshire last year.
Free agent defensive tackle Kevin Williams has confirmed that he visited the Saints, but he added his preference is to remain with the Seahawks. The former Vikings standout and six-time Pro Bowler is hoping to play one more year in the NFL. "I want to go back to Seattle, but this is business," he told the St. Paul Pioneer-Press. "They're still evaluating their roster. I guess there's not that many 12-year veterans that everyone wants. Everyone wants to go younger." Williams, who played the 2014 season under a one-year, $2 million contract, added that he was not close to signing a contract with New Orleans. "We talked. It was a good visit," he said. "I would fit in there. But I don't know what's going to happen."
Six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kevin Williams worked out with the Saints this week, a league source has told ESPN, which is further reporting that it remains unclear if the two sides talked contract. Williams was a standout with Minnesota before taking his talents last year to Seattle. He has 63 sacks in 12 seasons. He worked at the nose tackle spot for the Seahawks after Brandon Mebane went down. New Orleans boasts little depth along the defensive line, which would explain their interest in Williams.
Seahawks defensive tackle Kevin Williams did not rule out retiring if his team beats the Patriots in Super Bowl 49, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Williams, 34, is a six-time Pro Bowler and five-time First-Team All-Pro. He played in every game this season, recording 22 tackles, three sacks and two pass breakups.