BY SPNW Staff 02:55PM 06/12/2015

Seahawks lose free agent DT Williams to Saints

Kevin Williams, who made 30 tackles and saw action in all Seahawks’ games last season, signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints Friday. Williams spent the first 11 years of his NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings, racking up a slew of All-Pro selections and Pro Bowl invitations, before joining Seattle last year as a free agent.

A defensive tackle, Williams’ principal contribution came when he filled in admirably after Brandon Mebane went down with an injury. Williams played in 16 regular-season games, made eight starts and finished with three sacks and two passes defensed as the Seahawks led the NFL in total defense for the third consecutive year.

The 34-year-old Williams, who first visited with the Saints last month, became expendable after the Seahawks signed 28-year-old Ahtyba Rubin, who spent the first seven years of his career with the Cleveland Browns.


Unrestricted Free Agents

Date Player Action Skinny
3/8 TE Anthony McCoy Re-signed One year; injured last 2 seasons
3/10 CB Byron Maxwell Signed-Phil 6 years, $63 million: ($10.3 avg)
3/10 LG James Carpenter Signed-NYJ 4 years, $20 million
3/10 LB Malcolm Smith Signed-Oak 2 years, $7 million
3/12 DE O. Schofield Signed-Atl 9 QB hits, 2 sacks for ’14 Hawks
3/13 PR Bryan Walters Signed-Jax Primary punt returner in ’14
3/16 S Jeron Johnson Signed-Was $3.5 million over 2 years
3/19 TE Tony Moeaki Signed-Atl 6 games, 2 starts in ’14
3/19 DT D. Smith Re-signed Spent 2014 on injured reserve
3/27 LS Clint Gresham Re-signed Played in all 16 games
4/2 FB Will Tukuafu Re-signed Made 2 starts; also DL
4/2 DE D. Dobbs Re-signed 4 games in 2014
4/20 C Lemuel Jeanpierre Re-signed Played in 15 games in ’14
6/9 QB Tarvaris Jackson Re-signed Threw 1 pass in 2014
6/12 DT Kevin Williams Signed-NO Agreed to 1-year deal

Restricted Free Agents

Date Player Action Skinny
3/6 DE Greg Scruggs Re-signed Injured reserve last 2 years (knee)
3/9 LB Mike Morgan Re-signed Played in 53 games since 2011
3/9 WR Ricardo Lockette Re-signed 11 catches, 2 TDs in ’14
3/9 CB DeShawn Shead Re-signed Played in 16 games with 1 start in ’14

Extensions / Restructures / Cuts

Date Player Action Skinny
3/6 RB Marshawn Lynch Extend. 3 years, $31 million; $12 million in 2015
3/6 TE Zach Miller Cut Played 3 games in ’14; had severe ankle injury
3/6 OT Garrett Scott Cut Waived due to a non-football heart condition

Remaining Unrestricted Free Agents

Player Pos. Age Current Avg. Skinny
Heath Farwell ILB 33 $1,125,000 Retiring to coach
Landon Cohen DT 28 $730,000 Played in one playoff game

Remaining Restricted Free Agents

Player Pos. Age Current Avg. Skinny
Stephen Shilling G 26 $645,000 Went on IR Nov. 10 (knee)
David Gilreath WR 26 $495,000 Didn’t play in 2014
Jermaine Kearse WR 25 $480,000 Winning TD in NFC Champ.

Free Agents Signed

Date Player Pos. From Skinny
3/9 Will Blackmon CB Jacksonville 12 starts for the Jaguars last 2 years
3/9 Cary Williams CB Philadelphia Deal is 3 years, $18 million
3/16 Jesse Williams DT Seattle Cut March 6, re-signed
3/19 Ahtyba Rubin DT Cleveland Better suited to Seattle’s 4-3


Date Player Pos. From Skinny
3/10 Jimmy Graham TE New Orleans Cost: C Max Unger, No. 1 pick






  • Its onlySports(DavidWakefield)

    The NFL is a brutal business… Kevin Williams played his heart out and was definitely a contributor in Seattle getting back to the Super Bowl. He deserved to come back for one more year even though I am sure Rubin will do fine.
    They also added Kasen Williams according to a report. Hope he does the same thing Kearse has done. Be productive and force the Hawks to keep him.

  • coug73

    Kevin Williams so long and thanks for understanding it’s all business. Good luck until we see you again in a game. Business you know.

  • jafabian

    A bit of a surprise to me because Williams was a solid contributor. However Rubin is younger so that fits into the Seahawks philosophy in player personnel. Hope things workout for Kevin.