Williams, whose signing was announced by general manager Mickey Loomis on Friday, is entering his 13th NFL season.
The 6-foot-5, 311-pound lineman was a 2003 first-round draft choice by the Minnesota Vikings, with whom he spent his first 11 seasons. Williams moved to Seattle last season, during which he was credited with 29 tackles, including three sacks. He also started all three of the Seahawks’ postseason games.
During his career, Williams has been credited with 495 tackles, 63 sacks, eight forced fumbles, 13 fumble recoveries and five interceptions. He also has been chosen to six Pro Bowls.
New Orleans waived tight end Harold Spears, an undrafted rookie out of New Hampshire.
JACKSON SIGNSThe Seattle Seahawks are bringing back their backup quarterback after agreeing to terms with veteran Tarvaris Jackson.
Details of Jackson’s deal were not released by the team. But it’s an important signing for Seattle, which had just two quarterbacks on its roster: starter Russell Wilson and second-year free agent signing R.J. Archer. B.J. Daniels has been moved from quarterback to wide receiver.
Jackson will spend his fourth season with the Seahawks. He was Seattle’s primary starter in 2011, going 7-7 in games he played. He then went to Buffalo before returning to Seattle as Wilson’s backup the past two seasons. He started his career with the Vikings.
Jackson was a free agent after last season.