Since becoming a free agent back in March, veteran defensive tackle Kevin Williams hasn’t garnered much interest from NFL teams. That lack of interest, however, could lead him back to his rightful home with the Minnesota Vikings.
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While the Vikings certainly don’t have a need at defensive tackle, they could use Williams’ veteran presence and leadership along the defensive front. The current starting three-technique in Minnesota is Sharrif Floyd, a sophomore who showed glimpses of greatness in 2013. While the Vikings are high on his potential, Floyd would certainly benefit from another season of learning from Williams.
On top of his ability to mentor Floyd and Linval Joseph, Williams could also provide outstanding depth at both positions. The Vikings currently have a solid backup in Fred Evans, but would suddenly be in a bad situation if one of the starters fell to injury. Having Williams in the mix would make that less of a concern.
The only problem is compensation, which is rumored to have been the issue with the other three teams Williams has met with. While he understands that he’s no longer the Pro Bowl-caliber player he once was, the 11-year veteran still wants to be paid as such. The Vikings do have some cap space to work with, but they simply aren’t going to pay an exorbitant amount of money for an aging backup.
If Williams is willing to sign at a reduced price, the Vikings would welcome him back with open arms. If not, he might as well start filing for retirement.