Tramon Williams shows up ready to go to work
Tramon Williams appears to be taking a page out of Nick Collins’ how-to handbook when it comes to getting a contract extension from the Green Bay Packers.
The veteran cornerback showed up for the start of minicamp on Monday and was in terrific shape. He didn’t air any grievances with the club after sitting out the voluntary portion of the offseason program (everything prior to Monday) as a restricted free agent. Williams didn’t sign his tender, worth $3.043 million, until just before the deadline last week to avoid having his pay trimmed.
It’s the same approach Collins, the Pro Bowl safety, took last season when he was angling for a new deal. He finally cashed in this offseason with a contract that includes $14 million guaranteed and now Williams is waiting for some longterm security of his own. A former practice squad player, maybe Williams doesn’t project quite like Collins, but even at 27 he looks like a building block for the future of the defense.
How much action Williams receives this season will be dependent, in part, by the recovery of veteran Al Harris from a torn ACL. The National Football Post is tracking Harris' comeback. But as Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports, Williams has played more than half of the snaps on defense over the last two seasons and the Packers showed how they valued him by tendering him at the first- and third-round level.
Williams has taken a professional approach and hasn’t made any complaints or demands and in the long run that could serve him well.
“Everything takes time,” Williams told Dougherty. “I’m one who understands — everyone should understand that no promises have been made, we haven’t done a lot of talking. Like I said, I’m just here to play football.”
Williams said there have been no negotiations between himself and the team and no promises have been made either. He understands he has a job to do. How well he does it will determine his future in Green Bay.
“He’s one of our guys,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “He’s a Green Bay Packer. He’s someone that I’ve personally enjoyed watch grow from his time here, the way he came into our program and the individual success that he’s had, and really for the bright future that’s in front of him.”
Follow me on Twitter: BradBiggs