The Seattle Seahawks added another veteran defender to their roster when they signed defensive tackle Kevin Williams to a contract this past week. But while the Seahawks ended up landing Williams, we’re hearing now that he rejected not one but two other offers that came his way.
Earlier in the week we heard that the Minnesota Vikings made a surprise offer to Williams but were turned down since the tackle had too many concerns about the future of the team and the role he’d play. The NEw England Patriots were also on Williams’ radar but he apparently turned them down too.
According to Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com, the New England Patriots actually offered Williams a contract with greater earning potential but were turned down in favor of the deal that Williams ended up signing with the Seahawks. Spoiler alert: Reiss wasn’t too heartbroken the deal didn’t work out.
The Patriots didn’t lose out on free-agent defensive tackle Kevin Williams, who agreed to join the Seahawks on Thursday, because of money. In fact, Williams told ESPN.com NFL Nation Vikings reporter Ben Goessling that the Patriots actually offered a contract with greater earning potential than Seattle.
It’s hard to say if this was a more lucrative contract or a contract with better potential than the one Williams ended up inking in Seattle. Earning potential is not the same thing as hard cash and it could have been a contract laced with incentives but low in initial dollar amount.
Either way, this not only speaks to Williams love for the Seahawks but also to how concerned the Patriots are about their banged up group of defensive tackles heading into the 2014 season.