Williams considered deal from Patriots


Fordyce High alumnus Kevin Williams landed with the Seattle Seahawks after 11 years with the Minnesota Vikings, but not before he considered joining another perennial Super Bowl contender in New England.

NFL.com reported Williams asked the Patriots to talk with him about joining their club early last week, which the team did. The report, citing CSN New England, added Williams mulled over retirement if he didn’t get the offer he wanted.

But the nose tackle apparently had a change of heart last Thursday when he accepted a one-year offer from the reigning Super Bowl champions. Williams was a free agent going into the offseason, but his reason for choosing Seattle isn’t entirely clear.

Minnesota made Williams an offer after not contacting him early in free agency, according to NFL.com.

“It was shocking that they got back in the fold at the end there,” Williams told NFL.com. “I just think there were better pieces in Seattle. The familiarity with being in Minnesota was there, but a chance to (not) know if they’re going to win 10 games or three games (played into it). I wish them luck, but there’s not certainty there, and you have a proven quarterback in those two teams (Seattle and New England).”

Minnesota finished 5-10-1 last season and missed the playoffs for the third time in four years. New England finished as AFC runner-up to Denver.

Williams collected 3.5 sacks and an interception in 15 games in 2013.