Packers have tough decision to make with Tramon Williams

Green Bay Packers, Tramon Williams (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Tramon Williams (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Deciding whether to re-sign Tramon Williams won’t be an easy decision for the Green Bay Packers.

Tramon Williams has had an outstanding career in Green Bay. He helped the team win the Super Bowl in 2010 and he has put together two solid seasons since returning in 2018.

But now Williams is set to hit free agency. He will turn 37 next month and the Packers have to decide whether to offer him a new short-term deal or search for a replacement.

This season, Williams made 39 tackles, two interceptions, eight pass defenses, forced a fumble and recovered two. And he played a significant role in Mike Pettine’s defense as he was on the field for 73 percent of the defensive snaps, according to Pro Football Reference.

Pro Football Focus ranked the top 25 cornerbacks in the NFL following the 2019 season. Williams came in at number six, highlighting just how well he played this past season.

But at 37, will Williams be able to continue to play at that level? If they bring him back, what will be the price? It would almost certainly be another one- or two-year contract, but the value of the contract would be key.

Just as important a question is how the Packers would replace Williams if he doesn’t re-sign. Jaire Alexander and Kevin King are the two starters on the outside, but who would take on Williams’ role?

Chandon Sullivan might be the most likely choice ahead of Josh Jackson. Unless the Packers expect a significant second-year jump from Ka’Dar Hollman.

If Williams isn’t back in 2020, the Packers might have to search for a replacement either in free agency, the draft or via a trade. That’s especially true with King entering the final year on his rookie contract.

Can Williams play another season at a high level? If not, who replaces him?