The Kansas City Chiefs have signed defensive tackle Xavier Williams, a restricted free agent from the Arizona Cardinals, who declined to match the offer Kansas City made to the run-stopper.
The Chiefs announced the signing in a statement Wednesday.
“With Xavier you are talking about another player that we feel has a tremendous upside,” general manager Brett Veach said. “He’s an athletic defensive tackle who can push the pocket and contribute for us in both the run and pass game.”
The 6-foot-2, 309-pound Williams grew up in the Kansas City suburb of Grandview, Missouri, before a standout career at Northern Iowa. He started twice and appeared in 23 games over the past two seasons in Arizona, making 28 tackles and earning a reputation as someone who can plug up the run.
The Chiefs had been searching for a nose tackle after Bennie Logan became a free agent.