The Packers appear to have moved on from Tramon Williams, and it makes absolutely no sense.
Williams hit free agency this offseason but remains unsigned. And there’s no indication the Packers are planning to bring him back anytime soon.
This offseason hasn’t been all that popular among Packers fans. But the team’s biggest mistake wasn’t drafting Jordan Love in the first round or AJ Dillon in the second. One of the biggest mistakes is not bringing back Williams.
GM Brian Gutekunst was asked about Williams in a press conference on Sunday, and he didn’t give much information away in his answer:
To me, that sounds like a polite way of saying the team has moved on.
If Gutekunst intended to re-sign Williams, he surely would’ve done so by now. Especially as we’re only a month away from the start of the regular season.
When looking for a reason why the team would move on from Williams, it can’t have anything to do with his performances on the field. Williams is coming off an excellent season as Green Bay’s slot corner. He made eight pass defenses and two interceptions and consistently put in strong performances. So much so that Pro Football Focus ranked him sixth among all cornerbacks in 2019.
In an offseason that has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, each team will need their veterans to lead the way this season. If there’s one player the Packers could rely on to put in good performances despite not getting as much time on the practice field as usual over the summer, it’s Tramon Williams.
Without Williams, there’s some uncertainty at cornerback. And a lot of inexperience behind starters Jaire Alexander and Kevin King.
Williams could help this defense in 2020. Not re-signing him could prove to be a big mistake.