Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com believes the Green Bay Packers may end up moving on from veteran cornerback Tramon Williams after ths season.
The one-time Pro Bowl cornerback will turn 31 on March 16 and is scheduled to make $7.5 million next season in salary ($6.9 million) and bonuses ($600,000), making him the highest-paid player currently under contract for next season on the Packers’ defense.
That’s an age and a pay range that make him vulnerable in general manager Ted Thompson’s way of doing business.
Demovsky did point out that Williams played a great game last week against the Giants.
Without the injured Sam Shields, who this season overtook Williams as the team’s designated shut-down cornerback, Williams played what one high-level NFL personnel man said was “the best game of his career.”
Williams, in his seventh NFL season, made eight tackles (all solo stops, including two for losses) and intercepted his first pass of the season in last Sunday’s 27-13 loss to the Giants. It was a performance reminiscent of late in the 2010 season, when Williams was one of the key components on the Super Bowl XLV team.
This doesn’t mean Williams will be back in 2014 though.
Yet Williams’ future in Green Bay might still be in doubt. Shields will be a free agent after this season, and while no progress has been made on a long-term deal, the Packers likely have him high on their list of priorities to re-sign. If Williams isn’t open to a pay cut, he could be released.
The only way Williams does have a chance at returning is if he continues to play well the rest of the season.