How the tables have turned.
A recent report from ESPN's Ben Goessling says that defensive tackle Kevin Williams came to an agreement with the Seahawks last week over the Patriots even though New England offered more money.
Williams told Goessling that Seattle "had a few more pieces in place for me" than the Patriots.
In the past, the promise of playing for a winning organization with Tom Brady and under Bill Belichick has been enough to lure free agents -- especially veterans looking for rings at the ends of their careers -- to Foxboro.
That Williams picked Seattle for the chance to win with Russell Williams and Pete Carroll goes to show how highly-regarded the Seahawks organization has become after their Super Bowl victory over the Broncos last season.
Williams would have provided some depth on the interior of New England's defensive line, helping to spell a handful of tackles coming off of injury: Vince Wilfork (Achilles), Tommy Kelly (knee), Armond Armstead (infection) and rookie first-round pick Dominique Easley (knee).
As the roster is currently constituted, the leading candidates to give the defensive tackle spot more depth are those who got the bulk of the playing time last season when Wilfork and Kelly hit injured reserve: Chris Jones, Sealver Siliga and Joe Vellano.