Packers lock up Williams with four year extension

Written by Chris Kolb

Topics: Green Bay Packers, NFC North

One season removed from watching his teammate and fellow member of the Packers secondary, Charles Woodson, lock up Defensive Player of the Year honors, cornerback Tramon Williams has cashed in on his own stellar performance, agreeing to a new four year deal with Green Bay that will reportedly pay him $30.074 million over the next four years.

It seemed for a time that Williams was content to play out the remainder of his contract and cash in on a major payday in free agency, but given the uncertainty surrounding the future of the league going forward with regard to the potential labor dispute, signing an extension now makes sense on a number of levels.

For the Packers, locking up the supremely talented Williams now while he’s coming into the prime of his career was yet another intelligent move orchestrated by general manager Ted Thompson, who’s done better than most over the past few years at identifying talent and not overpaying for it.

Williams has easily been the best player in Green Bay’s secondary this season, providing the Packers with a perfect counterpart to Woodson’s aggressive style of play. His new contract guarantees him at least $11.074 million, although he’ll likely see the majority of his money as long as he can stay healthy in the next few seasons.

The deal will pay Williams an average of $8.25 million per season, making him the fourth highest paid player on the Packers’ roster, behind quarterback Aaron Rodgers ($12.7 million), Woodson ($9.73 million), and wide receiver Greg Jennings ($8.75 million).

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