Tramon Williams is still a free agent, which means there’s a chance the Packers could yet decide to bring him back. But the fact they are yet to do so perhaps tells us all we need to know. Even after not drafting a cornerback, they seem prepared to move on from the veteran.
And it could prove to be a huge mistake. Last season, he showed why age is just a number. Even at 36 years old, Williams was great all season long.
Williams played in all 16 games, finishing the regular season with eight pass breakups, two interceptions, and a couple of fumble recoveries. Williams was Pro Football Focus’ sixth-ranked cornerback following the regular season, a clear sign he’s still an excellent player.
For the Packers, there was absolutely nothing to lose by re-signing him. The contract would’ve likely been an affordable one-year deal. If his level of play drops, the Packers could’ve moved on. But if he can continue his form from last season, the Packers would be getting a bargain. Williams offers versatility as he can line up almost anywhere in the secondary, while also offering leadership and experience.
There is some uncertainty at cornerback for the Packers in the long term, but Williams could give them a short-term answer. Moving on from the Super Bowl-winning cornerback could be a mistake.