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Monday Round-Up: New Orleans Saints Sign Former Seahawks Defensive Tackle Kevin Williams

A daily link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks


Good morning, 12s.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Monday, June 15 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

Saints Sign Former Seahawk

On Friday, the New Orleans Saints announced they had signed free agent defensive tackle Kevin Williams, the 6-foot-5, 311-pounder who spent 2014 with the Seahawks in Seattle.

Williams, who enters his 13th NFL season and turns 35 in August, was a depth signing by Seattle this past year who ended up seeing significant action after nose tackle Brandon Mebane was lost for the year with a hamstring injury last November. A six-time Pro Bowler through 11 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, Williams racked up 29 tackles, three sacks, and two passes defensed during his lone season in Seattle, playing in all 16 regular season games and making three starts in the playoffs.

With Mebane expected to be ready the first day of training camp and with Seattle adding former Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin in free agency, Williams became less of a priority for the Seahawks on the NFL's open market.


In a special to The Players' Tribune, Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman writes about how he's learned to compensate on the football field being the NFL's first legally deaf offensive player.

They say that when someone loses one of their five senses, the other senses are heightened to compensate. I don't really get much of that. I'm always the first person in the room to smell a fart, and that's about it.

But what I have done is compensate by paying more attention to detail, especially at the line of scrimmage.

I can't hear the snap count. I move when the ball moves. So when we break the huddle, I immediately lock in on the defenders as they move into position. I have to study a lot more so I can identify defensive formations quicker because I have to process what I see and turn my focus to the ball as soon as possible so I don't miss the snap. It's all about timing. If I'm late on the snap, it can throw off the entire rhythm of the play.

It's all a part of my overcompensation. Ever since I started playing football, I knew I had to work harder than everyone else. I had to be stronger. I had to be faster. I never wanted my hearing loss to be an excuse for me not succeeding.

Coleman recently released a book, *No Excuses, *about his hearing-impaired path to the NFL.

Tweet Of The Day

Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who shares thoughts on last night's finish to Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. The Warriors won the game, 104-91, to take a 3-2 lead in the series. Game 6 tips off at 6 p.m. PT this Tuesday in Cleveland.

More From Around The Web

Here at, digital media reporter John Boyle recaps a Starbucks job shadow program five Seahawks players participated in this past Friday.

The Seahawks signed former University of Washington wide receiver Kasen Williams on Friday afternoon, waiving linebacker Mister Alexander to make room on the 90-man roster.

In a Friday conversation with 710 ESPN Seattle, Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane said he'll be ready for the first day of training camp.

Terry Blount at recaps a recent 710 ESPN Seattle segment with tight end Jimmy Graham explaining why former basketball players make good tight ends.

Jayson Jenks at the Seattle Times identifies what Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson does well and what he still struggles with.

And Jenny Vrentas fills in for Peter King at, leading the site's "Monday Morning Quarterback" column with a look at the NFC West rival Arizona Cardinals and the status of their quarterback Carson Palmer.

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