The New England Patriots are being called out, but for a good reason. According to NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling on Wednesday, former Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams has a desire to play for the Patriots. Williams has been looking for a new team since free agency kicked off back in March.
The 33-year-old Williams is a five-time All-Pro, but his age may be one of the reasons a team hasn’t given him the big bucks thus far this offseason. The veteran will be entering his 12th season and at this point would require a minimum contract of $955,000. Would he be worth the money at this stage of his career? If he can prove he has something left in the tank, a team like the Patriots may indeed be a good fit.
When USA Today’s tom Pelissero brought up the possibility of playing for the Patriots and whether they will be a good fit, Williams expressed an interest in playing alongside Vince Wilfork. He said, “Well, give them a call. Tell them to look me up.”
Is Bill Belichick listening? After the injuries the team suffered last year on the defensive line, the Patriots could use veteran depth at the position. Wilfork is coming off of an Achilles injury and Tommy Kelly is rehabbing a knee injury. Young players like Chris Jones, Sealver Siliga, and first-round draft pick Dominique Easley are expected to make contributions so there might not be room for Williams unless, of course, injuries plague the defense once again.
Williams has reportedly had visits with the New York Giants and Seattle Seahawks, but left without a contract. He also claims that a couple teams have called. If he doesn’t find a fit, he is also content on retirement. He told Pellisero, “I’ve done well managing my money. I think I’d be fine if I don’t play. But that’s my hope – I hope to be on somebody’s team before summer’s out.”