Tramon Williams’ contract doesn’t look as bad as it used to. It probably would have been top three on this list last year or the year before. That’s primarily because Williams was being paid like a No. 1 corner, but he wasn’t playing like one.
He’ll still be getting paid as such, but this is the final year of Williams’ contract. He also managed to finally return to the form we saw back in 2010, last season.
Still, Williams will count $9.5 million against the cap this season. His total compensation for 2014 is $7.5 million. The additional $2 million comes from his $10 million signing bonus.
Williams’ average salary and this year’s cap hit currently rank third on the Green Bay Packers, behind only Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews.
Is Tramon the third-best player on the team? No. Is a guy who’s made one Pro Bowl worth almost $10 million a year? No.
That’s why this is a bad contract. Fortunately for the Packers, it will be off the books following the season. If Williams can string together back-to-back solid seasons and the Packers want to keep him around, maybe they can sign him to a deal that makes a little more sense next time.