Reunited and it feels so good! The Green Bay Packers are bringing cornerback Tramon Williams back after three years away.
Williams is getting a two-year deal, according to former teammate James Jones, who seems to have all the news on former teammates lately.
REUNITED: Sources tell me CB Tramon Williams @HighRizer22 will be returning to the #Packers on a 2-Year Deal…He played there for 9 years and helped seal the #SBXLV victory…Much needed CB help is on the way @nflnetwork @NFL
— James Jones (@89JonesNTAF) March 22, 2018
One, Jones is right. The Packers are in terrible need of cornerback depth. Before signing Williams, their depth chart looked something like this: Kevin King, Josh Hawkins, Lenzy Pipkins, Quinten Rollins, Demetri Goodson, Donatello Browns and Herb Waters.
Five of those guys are former undrafted free agents. Two are coming back from injured reserve.
Williams, who is 35, returns to the Packers after two years in Cleveland and one in Arizona. So the second question is, can the old man still play? The answer seems to be yes and he appears to be getting paid accordingly.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 23, 2018
Williams had 41 tackles, two interceptions and 12 passes defended for the Cardinals in 13 games in 2017. More impressive is he was the ninth highest graded corner by Pro Football Focus, at 88.8. That’s miles better than any of the Packers cornerbacks in 2017. Their highest grade hilariously went to Pipkins, who had a 69.7 in limited action. The next highest was Davon House at 50.3. Everyone else was in the 40s.
It’s possible Williams’ play could fall off a cliff in 2018, but he would be hard pressed to play worse than any of the Packers’ cornerbacks did in 2017 even if he tried.
As for the roster, I still wouldn’t mind seeing anther veteran added to the secondary. Even if he’s a little long in the tooth, let’s create a cornerback/safety battle royal and let them fight it out for the starting spots. Hell, let’s draft a guy or two and throw them in the mix too.
Based on what we have, TW isn’t depth, he’s a starter.
Under the current situation, this was the right move.
Under the current situation, this move is somewhat embarrassing after all the resources the Packers have spent on corner backs.
Sign Davon House, lets get the band back together.
Anyone have Woodson’s number?
Bwahahaha, I can hear it coming…
Lol, this is the big free agent signing the secondary has been waiting for? A 35 year old cornerback who wasn’t good enough for the Packers three years ago? Nothing against Tramon because he’ll probably be the best corner they have. The same thing happened last year with House. The Packers are grasping at straws and it’s sad. Here’s to Randall and Rollins, the future of the Green Bay backfield!
Come on, say it. I know you wanna!
Given the abysmal state of the Packers secondary and the fact that Tramon has played under Pettine I don’t disagree with the move. I find it amusing that a guy that probably wasn’t even offered a contract 3 years ago is being brought back, at 35, because of GB’s ineptness on the defensive side of the ball. The backfield consists of Kevin King, a basketball player/ one year wonder/ bust in Rollins, and a bunch of undrafted free agents. This is after letting two all pro players walk and showing them no interest at all, getting rid of Gunter for no reason and keeping Goodson, and getting rid of a first round pick after three seasons while playing him at the wrong position. Yes, Tramon was an UDFA and turned out well but that’s not the norm. Filling your roster with UDFA’s and hoping for the best is not the best strategy, despite what Ted Thompson will tell you.
Tramon is a league above House. He may be 35 but he was not starting until 2010 and lost a year to the shoulder injury. He still has fresh legs and zero scoped knees.
Yea I don’t think it works like that…..
35 is 35 especially when covering 22 year old WRs
What I dont like about this article is the following comment, which exudes non-belief in the undrafted players..
“Kevin King, Josh Hawkins, Lenzy Pipkins, Quinten Rollins, Demetri Goodson, Donatello Browns and Herb Waters.
Five of those guys are former undrafted free agents.”
The irony is that Tramon Williams, the guy the writer believes in was also undrafted. So that logic is rediculous.
In support of Gute, I imagine Mike Pettine is having Williams come in as the vet they need because he knows Pettine’s system, when Pettine coached the Browns. Williams was there then.
I have no problem with Williams being in the mix, I dont love it’ but it may help the young stud I expect will be their top pick
I think it is almost a certainty the Packers will select either Denzel Ward or Jaire Alexander if either is available at the pick. And I think it is almost certain one of them will be there. I don’t expect Fitzpatrick to be there.
Either would actually be excellent picks. So, hopefully, I will be wrong!
A little over one year ago Monty McMahon wrote the following about Tramon Williams:
“We know you’re not stupid enough to think this would be a good idea, but there are people out there who are. The Packers should in no way consider bringing Tramon back. While he was once pretty awesome, those days have undoubtedly passed.
The Packers let Williams walk at exactly the right time.”
If you doubt it enter “Tramon Williams” in this site’s search box and find McMahon’s article from 2/7/2017.
Just saying. Maybe he was wrong then. OK, for sure he was. Maybe he is wrong now. Maybe he was wrong then AND now…..
This is about gerting in a new Vet capable of playing Pertine ball.
I know they play different positions, Burnett and Tramon Williams, but they just want a vet presence … with an open mind.
Expecting Morgan Burnett to not fall back into playing Caperball under Pettine would maybe be realistic, or not worth the added effort to make it happen.
I applaud the secondary changes. Using the same group and expecting a different result would have been worse than having made an effort to get a different chemistry back there