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Minnesota Vikings free agents: DT Kevin Williams

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Number: 93

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Height: 6-5

Weight: 311

College: Oklahoma State

Experience: 11

2013 Statistics: 15 games, 15 starts, 29 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 4 passes defensed, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery

Career Statistics: 181 games, 181 starts, 463 tackles, 60 sacks, 63 passes defensed, 5 interceptions, 2 touchdowns, 7 forced fumbles, 13 fumble recoveries

Outlook: Williams has been the heart and soul of the Vikings defensive line. However, at 33-years-old, there is wide speculation that he has played his last game in a Vikings uniform.

It is hard to argue with either viewpoint on whether the Vikings should try to re-sign him or not.

On one hand, he is aging and may not be playing by the time the Vikings are contenders. But, on the other hand, he is still the best defensive tackle on the roster and most successful and experienced.

The Vikings drafted Sharrif Floyd in the first round of last season’s draft, but the second defensive tackle position is unsettled. Fred Evans and Letroy Guion are inconsistent and have put up less than impressive numbers. The others are unproven and may not really be NFL-caliber defensive tackles.

His production has slipped in recent years, but he is making an impact by disrupting plays in the backfield and occupying blockers.

The Vikings need to greatly consider re-signing Williams and make him a career-long Viking. The Vikings will likely have to add a defensive tackle of some sort this offseason, whether in free agency or the draft. Re-signing Williams makes more sense than hoping someone else can fill his role.


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