During the first month of the NFL free agency period, the New York Giants saw long-time defensive tackle Linval Joseph leave them to sign a deal with the Minnesota Vikings. The Giants could end up return the favor and take someone from Minnesota.
On Monday night, long-time Viking Kevin Williams met with the Giants and some of their defensive coaches such as defensive line coach Robert Nunn over dinner and on Tuesday, Williams will return for a second meeting that head coach Tom Coughlin will be at, as Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported.
Williams had expressed an interest in continuing his NFL career that began back in 2003 after getting the message from new head coach Mike Zimmer that Williams would likely not be in their plans for their defense, especially with the additions of Joseph, plus former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Corey Wooten. He did say that if he didn't get an offer, he'd consider retirement, but with the Giants interested, he may have a chance to resume his career in 2014 with a team looking to win now.
“I knew eventually a team would reach out and show interest,” Williams said. “But I wasn’t worried about it. Either way, whether something works out [Tuesday] or doesn’t work out and I retire, I’m comfortable with that. I’m not a guy who’s worried about going home and leaving football behind. Football isn’t everything. I had a good visit [Monday night],” Williams said. “It’s different. That’s for sure. But I would like to keep playing, so we’ll see how it goes [Tuesday].”
In 11 seasons, all with the Vikings, Williams has 60 career sacks in 171 games played. In 2013, Williams had 29 tackles and 3.5 sacks with an interception in 15 games for Minnesota. In Williams first two seasons in the league, he amounted for 22 sacks when he was considered one of the top defensive tackles in the entire NFL.
Now at the tail-end of his NFL career, he's not at the top of his game like he once was several years ago, but he's still got enough in the tank to be a solid run-stopper and pass-rusher playing alongside another veteran in Cullen Jenkins and could serve as a mentor for second-year tackle Johnathan Hankins.
If the meeting goes well with Coughlin on Tuesday, the Giants may very well be the best situation for the 33-year-old to continue playing and could sign soon. The Giants were the first team he met with and could be the only team he visits after Tuesday.
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