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Here’s Exactly Why the Packers Didn’t Sign Tramon Williams

Packers cornerback Tramon Williams makes a pick against the Giants

We had the basic details of Tramon Williams’ contract with the Cleveland Browns — three years, $21 million. Now we have the all-important finite details.

It’s clear why the Packers didn’t re-sign Williams.

The Browns gave Williams $10 million guaranteed.

His base salaries are $3.7 million, $6.2 million and $5.7 million. His signing bonus was $1.5 million. Tramon will get roster bonuses of $2.3 million this year, $500,000 in 2016 and $1.3 million in 2017.

Really, that final season of the contract is the only one Williams has to worry about not being around for. The Browns could release him prior to 2017 and it would only cost them $500,000 in dead money.

The guaranteed money alone is equal to or more than what the Packers were offering for the total contract. It was reported that Tramon turned down a two-year, $8 million deal from the Packers, but that was early in the negotiating period. They certainly could have increased that offer slightly.

Whether they did or not is really moot though.

Tramon obviously couldn’t turn down an offer that was that much better, considering this is most likely his final NFL contract.

The Packers, on the other hand, weren’t interested in investing that much in a 32-year-old cornerback. And while we like Tramon, we have to agree with their stance.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. BZ in BA March 18, 2015

    Did Monty really write this? Where is the viciousness? Where is the humor? Where is the cynicism? Did someone remember to take his meds this morning?

  2. Howard March 18, 2015

    The Pack will at least get a compensation pick next year for a player originally signed as a free agent.

  3. Dave March 18, 2015

    Damn, the Browns overpaid big time. I guess h can do that when your team sucks and has tons of cap space.

  4. Cheese March 18, 2015

    Have to agree with both Tramon and the Packers. Pack doesn’t want to pay that much, and Tramon can’t pass up that kind of money while he can still get it.

  5. MMK March 18, 2015

    Makes sense, just business. But I think that’s a huge hit to the packer’s secondary in terms of stability and leadership. Would like to see them sign a guy of at least his capacity as a corner if not more.

  6. Phillthy March 18, 2015

    It is detracrory to the secondary, however we do have a kid waiting in the wings who damn near won Rookie of the Year. Hayward is approaching the end of his rookie contract and it’s time to see whether we offer an extension or now.

    Tramon was my favorite player by far, his ints during our super bowl were clinching and memorable, but as a Packer fan I’ve gotten use to my favorite players leaving as soon as they show a little bit of age ala Jolly and Woodson.

  7. DJ March 18, 2015

    Tramon was a helluva player for us but at 32yrs old, he isnt what he used to be. He was the 50th rated CB in coverage in 2014 where QBs had a 101.7 rating when targeting him. That isnt the Tramon Williams we’re used to AT ALL! So, he’s got his ring, he gave us the best yrs of his career, and now he wants some cash. More power to him. I thank him & wish him nothing but the best.

    1. PF4L March 18, 2015

      Tramon isn’t what he used to be…since 2010, and that big contract. A guy gets paid 8.5 mill/year, then plays not to get hurt, fuck him. Enjoy fleecing the Browns.

  8. TyKo Steamboat March 18, 2015

    I cannot fault the man for taking that big contract. I would have done the same probably

    1. Fritz March 19, 2015

      i was wondering what the fuck U would have done… whew! the “suspense” is over…

      1. PF4L March 20, 2015

        We missed ya Fritz, good to see you got out of jail…Welcome back.

  9. tequila March 20, 2015

    Sometimes I can’t decide which of you ingrates I dislike more. Ah, the total packers shit stained family.