METAIRIE, La. -- The details on Kevin Williams' new contract with the New Orleans Saints posted earlier this week. And though it wasn't a blockbuster, it's worth noting that the Saints made a decent investment in the six-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman.
The one-year deal is worth at least $1.5 million, including a $500,000 signing bonus, according to ESPN Stats and Information. Williams, 34, can earn another $600,000 in not-likely-to-be-earned playing time incentives, though the specific thresholds are unknown.
Since it’s not a veteran minimum deal, the Saints will have to count the full $1.5 million against their salary cap if Williams makes the roster.
None of this guarantees that Williams will make the roster, but it shows that the Saints were serious about bringing him to New Orleans. As coach Sean Payton indicated, the team had been eyeing Williams for more than a month, and it was just a matter of reaching an agreement.
The fact that Williams immediately began rotating in with the first-string defense after he signed with the Saints also demonstrated the team’s level of interest.
The Saints still have $2.64 million in salary-cap space, according to the NFL Players Association.