Entering his eighth season, Williams, is now a seasoned veteran playing in his contract year.
A strong case could be made that the 2010 season was Williams’ finest with the Green Bay Packers. He capped off a great regular season with an absolutely dominant post-season. Williams recorded three interceptions (one for a touchdown) and a fumble recovery during the Packers Super Bowl run. Williams earned himself a four-year extension during the 2010 season, making him the fourteenth highest paid corner at the time.
Williams suffered a shoulder injury in the first game of the 2011 regular season. Williams’ play suffered tremendously during 2011, as well as in 2012. Williams timidly avoided contact while trying to make tackles, and his coverage greatly depreciated during this time as well. Even though Williams was noticeably injured, he only missed one game during this stretch.
Last season Williams started off slowly but seemed to hit his stride midway through the season. Williams was one of the few bright spots in a secondary marred by injury and poor play.
It couldn’t have come at a better time for Williams.
With the emergence of Sam Shields as the corner of the future, Williams’ time as the number one corner may be passing him by.
The Packers must also decide whether or not Casey Hayward is ready to leave the slot and start opposite Shields.
Williams may also be battling a statistic that he can’t change, age. Williams, 31, along with John Kuhn, are the second oldest players on the roster behind Julius Peppers (34).
Ted Thompson has been known to shy away from re-signing older players to the Packers roster.
In the end, money may be the crucial factor. William’s cap hit this season is the third highest on the team at $9.5 million. He will likely never see that kind of money again, at least from Green Bay. So, he would have to be willing to take a pay cut.
Either way, this may be Tramon Williams’ most important season.
Do you think Tramon Williams will be around after this season?