"The Williams Wall."
Now, at 33, Williams is nowhere near the player he once was. But at the twilight of his career, it appears that Williams has landed the one spot that may allow him to recapture some past glories.
Both individually and in the win column.
As ESPN's Adam Schefter reported, Williams has agreed to terms on a one-year deal to join the defending Super Bowl champions in Seattle:
Seahawks have reached agreement with defensive tackle Kevin Williams on a one-year contract, per @Edwerderespn.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 12, 2014
Colleague Ed Werder passed along details of the deal:
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
Williams, who had also visited with the New England Patriots and discussed the possibility of a return to the Vikings, had spent his entire 11-year NFL career in the Twin Cities. Over that stretch, the 6'5", 311-pounder was named to six Pro Bowls, most recently in 2010.
Williams burst onto the NFL scene as a rookie in 2003. The former first-round pick from Oklahoma State rapidly emerged as one of the league's top interior pass-rushers, notching double-digit sacks in each of his first two seasons.
Williams wouldn't quite reach those heights again, but he established himself as one of the NFL's best 4-3 3-technique tackles. Paired with the mammoth Pat Williams, the Williams Wall anchored the Minnesota defensive front for years.
For six straight years from 2007-2012, Williams graded out as a top-10 defensive tackle at Pro Football Focus (subscription required). In three of those seasons, Williams graded out in the top three.
However, age spares no man, and by last year, Williams' playing time and production was down. His 29 tackles in 2013 was a career low, and Williams dropped to 27th in PFF's rankings.
With that said, in decline or no, this is still a great signing for the Seahawks.
Because they don't need the old Kevin Williams.
Part of what makes the Seattle defensive line so formidable is the staggering amount of depth the Seahawks possess up front. There may not be a superstar among the bunch, but the Seahawks can rotate quality players in and out constantly.
Grade the signing of Kevin Williams by the Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks hoard defensive linemen like Skip Bayless hoards ignorant statements. Like Justin Bieber hoards bad decisions. Like Ralphie May hoards Snickers bars.
You get my point.
That's especially true at defensive tackle. There was already a ton of young depth behind starters Brandon Mebane and Tony McDaniel. 2013 draft picks Jordan Hill (third round) and Jesse Williams. 2013 pick Cassius Marsh (fourth round).
Now the Seahawks can add an experienced and accomplished veteran to that mix and fire up the carousel.
Williams may well "start" in 2014, but he won't play full-time. He doesn't have to. Instead, the Seahawks can pick and choose their spots, keeping Williams fresh and putting him on the field in situations where he has the best chance at success.
Never mind a run at his first trip to a Super Bowl.
For the money involved, it's an absolute no-brainer and a deal that should have the rest of the NFC West shaking their fist in the air.
Because the rich just got richer...again.
Gary Davenport is an NFL Analyst at Bleacher Report and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association and the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Gary on Twitter @IDPManor.