Hawks sign DT Williams


RENTON, Wash. — During an offseason in which the Seahawks accomplished most of their key objectives, one issue that developed was their depth on the defensive line.

Seattle lost three of the seven players who made up a defensive line rotation that was critical to the team’s Super Bowl win, cutting Red Bryant and Chris Clemons in salary cap moves, and seeing Clinton McDonald signed away by Tampa Bay as a free agent.

The Seahawks took a big step toward plugging any potential leaks Thursday, however, agreeing to terms with veteran defensive tackle Kevin Williams, who played the last 11 years with Minnesota, where he made it to six Pro Bowls and was a five-time All-Pro selection.

Williams was reported to have agreed to a one-year deal that could pay him more than $2 million. The 33-year old was an unrestricted free agent who had reportedly contemplated retiring if he didn’t find a suitable situation. He told the St. Paul Pioneer-Press that he will sign his contract with Seattle early next week.

He also visited the New York Giants and New England Patriots in recent weeks before deciding on the Seahawks.


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