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Jesse Williams to return to the Seahawks, per report

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Update, 9:12 PM:

The following report from earlier this afternoon came from the Brisbane Courier-Mail, but Jesse Williams seems to refute that he spoke to them in a tweet above. So, for now, stand by for any official confirmation from the team or from Williams that he'll be re-signing with the Seahawks.


Recently released defensive tackle Jesse Williams will return to the Seahawks in 2015.

"The club has restructured my contract and I'll be heading back in two to three weeks," Williams told The Brisbane Courier-Mail during his current visit to Australia. "It's been good to come back in the off-season and catch up with my family and friends. I'll keep training while I'm home before going back to camp and back to work."

He was widely projected as a first- or early-second round player coming out, but his knee medicals apparently caused his fall into the fifth (in hindsight, they were correct to do so).

He has missed the first two years of his career to knee injuries after being selected in the fifth round of the 2013 draft out of Alabama. After being released last week, the assumption was that his knees did not heal up enough during his rehab last year, but this seems to refute that thought.

"I'm all good now," Williams said. "I have had a few minor knee surgeries but I think it has been taken a bit out of context by the media."

So, that's intriguing. When healthy, Williams is a powerful, squatty lineman that can take on blocks, make tackles, and play tough in the trenches. He'll battle for a spot in the Seattle rotation, and if his knees hold up, it could be a nice little unexpected bonus for the Seahawks' line.