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Report: New Orleans Saints courting Kevin Williams?


You’d think that the New Orleans Saints big free agent push was over after the NFL Draft, but as per WWL Saints sideline reporter Kristian Garic, the black and gold reportedly hosted free agent defensive tackle Kevin Williams.

Kevin Williams, who is set to turn 35 in August, entered the league in 2003. He spent eleven seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, and was originally a first round (9th overall) selection in the 2003 draft. Last year, Williams was picked up by the Seattle Seahawks during the offseason on a one-year deal, and was reportedly contemplating retirement after the conclusion of the NFL season.

Williams played in 445 snaps for the Seahawks last season, appearing in all sixteen games. He had 29 tackles, 2.0 sacks, and two pass deflections for their top ranked defense. During his career, Williams played against the New Orleans Saints in five games, including the 2009-2010 NFC Championship.

The Saints have hosted attractive veteran free agents this offseason, including Tramon Williams and Greg Jennings, but not everyone has panned out. At this point in his career, this move would be solely for depth and leadership, and Kevin Williams would plug-in as a role player in run stopping. It’s interesting that Williams would surface on the Saints radar, as the Seahawks are a dedicated 4-3 defense. The Saints are not a traditional 3-4 defense, as they gave many four man fronts.

The Saints currently have Brodrick Bunkley, John Jenkins, and Lawrence Virgil returning to the team, and have rookies Tyeler Davison (Fresno State), Kaleb Eulls (Mississippi State), Ashaad Mabry (University of San Antonio-Texas), and Bobby Richardson (Indiana). Davison figures to be a huge frontrunner to take a spot.

With Bunkley and Jenkins having history injury, coupled with the loss of Tyrunn Walker to the Detroit Lions, the Saints could use major help with their interior.

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