Coming into this offseason, one of the weaker areas of this Patriots team was the defensive line. There was a lot of uncertainty surrounding Vince Wilfork, Tommy Kelly was coming off of a big injury, and behind them, there was a bunch of young guys with not too much experience.
However as of right now, I might go as far as saying that the defensive line is now a strength for New England. Wilfork is set to return, hopefully Kelly’s knee injury has healed, but more importantly, they went out and drafted Dominique Easley in the first round of the draft. Easley brings an element of explosion to the table for the Pats, which is something that is essential in today’s NFL.
That brings us to former Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams. Yesterday, when asked if playing in New England would be a good idea, he responded by telling the Pats to “look me up”.
Asked by USA Today’s Tom Pelissero if the Patriots might be a good fit, Williams expressed an interest in teaming up with Vince Wilfork.
“Well, give them a call,” Williams said. “Tell them to look me up.”
Williams of course was at one time one of the best defensive tackles in the game, but at this point in his career, I don’t know if he has much left in the tank. As Chris Wesseling points out, the minimum that New England would have to pay Williams would be $535,000 more than they would have to pay a rookie, which is a lot of money for a 33 year old tackle.
Should the Pats go after Williams? Sound off in the comments section with your opinion.