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Patriots Host DT Kevin Williams on Visit

The Patriots could be looking to add more veteran talent to their defensive line, as they hosted defensive tackle Kevin Williams on a visit today.

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At the start of free agency, Kevin Williams and the Patriots seemed like a natural fit.  Williams, 33, had been a super durable, ultra productive Pro Bowl defensive tackle for the Vikings for the previous 11 years.  And as it just so happened, the Patriots were in the market for durable and talented defensive tackles.

However, as free agency began, Williams didn't receive much interest from the Patriots or other teams around the league.  He reportedly considered retirement, but would still like to play another season.

That brings us to today. As first reported by CSNNE's Tom Curran, the 6-5, 311 lbs defensive tackle was in New England on Thursday for a visit with the Patriots.

Although the Patriots added a defensive tackle in the first round of May's draft in Dominique Easley as well as an intriguing veteran competition in Will Smith, Williams would be a welcome addition.  By all accounts, Williams remained productive in 2013. graded him as a +4.4 run defender and +1.4 pass rusher in 733 snaps.

Williams wouldn't necessarily be a lock for the roster if signed, but heading into camp, he'd be on equal footing with veterans Tommy Kelly and Will Smith for both a spot on the roster and in the starting line-up.