Green Bay Packers make move to keep Tramon Williams : Packers Insider

Green Bay Packers make move to keep Tramon Williams

October 29, 2010 by  
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Oct 30, 2010 ~ by Bob McGinn

~Green Bay — The Green Bay Packers have made a competitive contract offer to Tramon Williams that is commensurate with what they’ve paid Al Harris, the player he is replacing at right cornerback.

In the midst of an outstanding season, the 27-year-old Williams ranks at the top of the list of players the Packers want to re-sign for the long haul.

The Journal Sentinel learned the club is willing to pay Williams more than Harris, whose average per year is $5.418 million, but not close to Charles Woodson, whose deal averages $9.73 million.

Since his first renegotiation in 2004, Harris has received $11.75 million in signing and roster bonuses. It’s expected that Williams’ next contract would include bonuses in the $10 million to $12 million range.

Williams and his agent, Rodney Williams of Katy, Texas, are weighing what the Packers have offered against a possible excursion into the next unrestricted free-agent market.

Just the idea of moving into such a financial neighborhood must be stunning for Williams, who wasn't even drafted out of Louisiana Tech in 2006. He accepted a $10,000 signing bonus from the Houston Texans, then was let go on the final cut.

If, as expected, the next labor agreement brings a return to four accrued seasons as the trigger for unrestricted eligibility, Williams would be unrestricted in 2011.

“Whatever happens happens, but I want to be in Green Bay,” Tramon Williams said Friday. “Me waiting until unrestricted, I’m not into that. If it happens to go that way, then it does.”

At present, Williams is playing on a one-year, restricted free-agent tender worth $3.043 million. That ranks 36th among all cornerbacks in the National Football League and 17th among all Packers players.

Woodson, 34, ranks fourth among cornerbacks at $9.73 million. Harris, who will turn 36 next month, ranks 23rd at $5.418 million.

If Williams’ new deal were to average $6 million, he would be tied with Buffalo’s Terrence McGee for 19th at the position. He would move to 15th if his deal were to average $7 million and into a tie for eighth with Washington’s DeAngelo Hall if it were to average $9 million.

Most of the bona fide No. 1 cornerbacks average more than $8 million, led by Oakland’s Nnamdi Asomugha at $14.296 million.

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