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Cornerbacks the Packers Could Have Had in 2017

Remember when we talked about the Green Bay Packers’ biggest offseason need prior to the 2017 season? It was cornerback, after a disastrous season that put the Packers second-to-last in pass defense.

In hindsight, you could make an argument that it was actually edge rusher. However, the Packers brought a mostly-healthy Clay Matthews and a resurgent Nick Perry into the season. Perry was a disappointment, again. Matthews can’t do it by himself.

But let’s revisit history. The Packers could have, at some point or another, manned their secondary with guys not named Quinten Rollins, Josh Hawkins or Lenzy Pipkins. Although Pipkins might actually be pretty good, I think we all might have preferred these options in 2017.

A.J. Bouye, Jacksonville Jaguars — 56 tackles, six interceptions, second-team All-Pro

Bouye, a former undrafted guy, was a free agent. He had a career year with the Houston Texans in 2016, even though he had only one pick. It’s because teams weren’t challenging him. Opposite Jalen Ramsey in Jacksonville — who is a first-team All-Pro — Bouye got challenged and he delivered.

Stephon Gilmore, New England Patriots — 50 tackles, two interceptions

We might have missed on this one. Gilmore, like Bouye, was also a free agent. The Patriots quickly scooped him up. And we’re not saying that was a bad move. We’ve just heard uneven things about his performance. That said, he’s pretty LIKELY better than Davon House. You know, just pointing out the obvious.

Malcolm Butler, New England Patriots — 60 tackles, two interceptions, three forced fumbles

We continually screamed for the Packers to make a trade for Butler all offseason. He was definitely on the market after the Pats signed Gilmore. Would the Packers do such a thing? Noooooooo. He’s 27, he’s a playmaker, he’s potentially a No. 1. But hell, let’s sit on these draft picks. Fortunately, Butler is a free agent in March. If Brian Gutekunst wants to make a splash, there it is.

Tramon Williams, Arizona Cardinals — 41 tackles, two interceptions

At the time Tramon was released by the Cleveland Browns, we were against the Packers even thinking about re-signing him. I mean, something about the stench of the Cleveland Browns. But it turns out, the Browns don’t ruin good players, good players are just ruined by being associated with the stench of the Browns. Much to my surprise, Tramon was pretty damn solid for the Cardinals in 2017. He’s nearing the end of the line, but I was impressed. And I will always love Tramon Williams.

And I’m just going to throw this up one more time for my boy. Game Fucking Over!

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. Cheese January 18, 2018

    Classic. Think of all the HUGE interceptions that happened during the 2010 playoffs- Tramon x3, Sam Shields, BJ Raji, Nick Collins, even Jarrett Bush. They couldn’t have went all they way without those. No way the current team pulls that off either.

  2. Skinny January 18, 2018

    Well, If the Packers get some balls in FA this year the secondary could be Butler, Randall, King and Tramon.

  3. ay hombre January 19, 2018

    I remember Tramon saying on the way out the door that he was still the best athlete on the team and no one was going to stop him from playing another several years. He also said as an UDRFA that he was used to that shit his whole career. Props. I think Tramon was a potential All-Pro and maybe even a HOF type player if he wasn’t battling so many injuries. He peaked in the SB run and then the injuries came. He could have been a great one. He still was/is a good one.

  4. CZ Stevens January 19, 2018

    Yup. Packer fans love Tramon. He was a humble player who gave his best.

  5. PF4L January 21, 2018

    Yea, lets bring a 35 year old Tramon Williams back, that’s a fantastic idea. Lord knows we could have used his 4 interceptions and 27 PD’s thsee last 3 seasons. It’s a wonder he didn’t make the Pro Bowl in those seasons.