Report: Packers make a pitch to keep Tramon Williams
The Green Bay Packers have made a longterm contract offer to Tramon Williams in an effort to lock up the cornerback for years to come.
According to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Packers have offered Williams a deal with an annual average salary of more than $5.418 million, the figure veteran cornerback Al Harris is at. The deal, though, does not exceed the $9.73 million Charles Woodson, the reigning NFL defensive player of the year, receives on average.
Per McGinn, the proposal would include a bonus in the range of $10 million to $12 million. Williams is reportedly weighing the offer while also considering what could await him in free agency. He’s having a terrific season and Williams could be an unrestricted free agent in 2011 depending on how the collective bargaining agreement shakes out.</p>
“Whatever happens happens, but I want to be in Green Bay," Williams told McGinn. "Me waiting until unrestricted, I'm not into that. If it happens to go that way, then it does."
It’s a wonderful situation for Williams to be in considering he was an undrafted free agent from Louisiana Tech in 2006. The top cornerbacks in the league average more than $8 million per season and if Williams waits for the open market, he could command that. We’ll see how much he wants to stay in Green Bay and how badly the Packers want him.
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