Kevin Williams was drafted #9 overall by the Minnesota Vikings back in 2003. This year, he will become a free agent for the first time. Vikings fans have accepted Williams as a part of the Minnesota Vikings family and has assumed the role of a team leader over the years.
Recently, he was asked how he would feel about playing for Mike Zimmer next season.
“I’d probably be super excited,” he said.
Williams told the media on Monday once again that he wants to re-sign with Minnesota and retire a member of the Vikings. He has already spent 11 years with the squad and is the team’s longest tenured player. Despite not currently being a member of the Vikings, he had nothing but kind words to say about the team’s new head coach.
“I’m with no one right now,” Williams said. “But I still think it’s a good hire for the team. … He’s had success wherever he’s been. His defenses have always been in the top 10 and create turnovers and sacks.”
It sounds like there is a pretty solid chance that Williams could return to the Vikings. He said that he had a “good conversation” with Minnesota’s GM Rick Spielman about his future with the franchise, but has yet to speak with newly hired head coach Mike Zimmer.
“I still feel the same way,” Williams said. “I’d like to play a couple more years here, but that’s totally up to the Vikings. I’m in a wait-and-see mode now. There’s nothing more I can do. It’s kind of new not knowing what to expect, but we’ll see what happens in March. If nobody calls in March, then I’ll be worried.”