Earlier this season, it was looking like 11-year veteran defensive tackle Kevin William’s time was coming to an end in Minnesota. However, after a two-and-a-half sack game last week, Williams may still have something left in that tank. And he doesn’t plan on going anywhere.
According to TwinCities.com, Williams, who is a free agent after this season, wants to return to the Vikings and end his career in Minnesota:
That’d be nice to be back here to play another year or so here and finish out and ride off into the sunset.
Williams, 33, is the longest tenured current Minnesota player. He is guaranteed to make $4.9 million this season after restructuring his contract in April to save the Vikings 2.5 million in salary cap space. He did not say if he would be willing to take a pay cut to return.
If Williams continues to play like he did against the Washington Redskins, his first multi-sack game since 2009, he would be in a good position to negotiate a return. However, it was just one game. Also, it was game where Williams was playing out of position at nose tackle, not the defensive tackle position he normally. He admitted that he does not like playing nose tackle:
It’s a little bit different animal in the nose tackle. You just don’t have much room to play with on the nose tackle. You got to be right on your reads. You’re the centerpiece of the defense. You got to try to stay in your gap and cut things off for your defense, and you don’t want to be wrong.
I just really realized (against Washington) how much action you get at nose. … You get hit on all sides on the nose. In the first four or five pays, I got hit on every arm, every elbow, legs all cut up.
Williams was moved to nose tackle because of injuries to Letroy Guion and Fred Evans. With Guion out this week against Seattle, and Evens limited, Evans limited, Williams will likely continue to see plenty of time at nose tackle. And while he may not like it, if he continues to produce, he could work his way back on the roster for next year.