The Seattle Seahawks have been trying to add an experienced defensive lineman to their defense since the beginning of the free agency period, but hadn’t been able to get it done until late Thursday when they agreed to terms with former Minnesota Viking Kevin Williams.
Former Vikings DT Kevin Williams has agreed to one-year contact with SB champion Seahawks for in excess of $2M, according to sources
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) June 12, 2014
So it wasn’t Jared Allen, but the Hawks did shore up their D-line with an ex-Vike, and a player that has previously played at an All-Pro level to boot. With Clinton McDonald, Red Bryant and Chris Clemons having moved on to other teams, Seattle’s run defense may be a bit of a question mark. This move will help to clear the air.
After this signing we could see a lineup that looks like this:
|STARTER||Michael Bennett||Tony McDaniel||Brandon Mebane||Cliff Avril|
|2ND STRING||Bruce Irvin||Jesse Williams||Kevin Williams||Greg Scruggs or Cassius Marsh|
|ALSO IN THE MIX||Jackson Jeffcoat, Benson Mayowa||Jordan Hill, D'Anthony Smith||Dewayne Cherrington, Jimmy Staten||Kenneth Boatright|
The bold player names are those I expect to have the best chance to make the final 53-man roster, but it was very interesting trying to decide. The Hawks only took 10 defensive linemen into the season in 2013. I expect Bruce Irvin to make it as a linebacker, which would leave 11 players on my list.
In all reality I think D’Anthony Smith gets bumped out with this Williams signing but the explosive nature of each of these other players will make them tough to cut. I also did not bold in Benson Mayowa, whom Seahawks’ coaches and fans have been excited about since his impressive preseason outings last year. While that may not be a popular choice, Jackson Jeffcoat has to be considered the sleeper pick to make the roster and Jesse Williams and Jordan Hill are both very healthy finally. I think they bump Mayowa.
Going to be even more interesting as we get closer to training camp folks! Welcome Kevin Williams to the Northwest!