Packers 2014 Roster Preview: Returning Cornerbacks

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

APC breaks down the Packers' cornerbacks returning for the 2014 season.

To prepare for training camp, we will be breaking down every player on the Green Bay Packers' 90-man roster in more detail, looking at contract terms and 2013 statistics, before we make our prediction for which players will make the 53-man roster at the end of training camp.

We continue our roster breakdown with a look at the Packer's returning cornerbacks.

#38 Tramon Williams

5-11, 191 lbs.
How acquired: free agent signee, 2006

2014 Contract Terms (signed for 2014 only)

Base salary: $6.9 million
Roster bonus: $300,000
W
orkout bonus: $300,000
T
otal compensation: $7.5 million
C
ap number: $9.5 million

2013 Statistics

16 games played, 16 starts
83 tackles, 11 passes defensed, 2.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 3 interceptions

The first half of Tramon Williams' 2013 resembled much of his play since the shoulder injury he suffered the first week of the 2011 season: unremarkable. Williams wasn't a poor player by any means, but the drop off from his 2010 form was evident. The final eight games of last season told a different story, however. Williams began making plays again as evidenced by his two forced fumbles and three interceptions. By the end of the year, a reasonable argument could be made that he'd regained the title of best defensive back on the team. If his momentum continues, Tramon will be well positioned when his contract expires after the season.

#37 Sam Shields

5-11, 184 lbs.
How acquired: undrafted free agent signee, 2010

2014 Contract Terms (signed through 2017)

Base salary: $1.5 million
Signing bonus: $12.5 million
R
oster bonus: $437,000
W
orkout bonus: $500,000
T
otal compensation: $14.927 million
C
ap number: $2.023 million

2013 Statistics

14 games played, 14 starts
61 tackles, 16 passes defensed, 4 interceptions

For whatever Sam Shields lacks in refinement, the fifth-year corner makes up for in athleticism. His speed covers up any number of mistakes, as is evidenced by this interception of Tony Romo. At 26, Shields is an ascending player. The Packers certainly believe his best games are ahead of him, which is why they paid him handsomely this offseason.

#29 Casey Hayward

5-11, 192 lbs.
How acquired: second-round pick, 2012

2014 Contract Terms (signed through 2015)

Base salary: $690,901
Total compensation: $690,901
C
ap number: $902,703

2013 Statistics

3 games played
8 tackles

It's probably unfair to discuss Casey Hayward through the lens of his 2013 season. A bad hamstring injury knocked him out for not just the majority of the regular season, but most of the preseason as well. Hayward's poor health had a dramatic effect on the Packers' secondary. The year prior, he led the team in interceptions while establishing himself as a lockdown slot corner. If that Hayward returns this season, Green Bay should see a sizeable uptick in turnovers generated by the secondary.

#33 Micah Hyde

6-0, 197 lbs.
How acquired: fifth-round pick, 2013

2014 Contract Terms (signed through 2016)

Base salary: $495,000
Total compensation: $495,000
C
ap number: $539,527

2013 Statistics

16 games played, 3 starts
55 tackles, 2 passes defensed, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble

Expectations were modest for Micah Hyde's rookie year. But because Casey Hayward essentially missed the season with injuries, Hyde was thrust into a prominent role in the Packers' nickel and sub defenses. He experienced few growing pains and was one of the few highlights of the Packers' defense in 2013. This year, he's making a bid to be the team's starting free safety. Whether or not he's successful in fending off rookie Ha Ha Clinton-Dix for that starting job, the coaching staff aims to play Hyde on nearly every defensive down, and he'll likely see time in the slot regardless.

#31 Davon House

6-1, 195 lbs.
How acquired: fourth-round pick, 2011

2014 Contract Terms (signed for 2014 only)

Base salary: $645,000
Total compensation: $645,000
C
ap number: $720,145

2013 Statistics

16 games played
44 tackles, 10 passes defensed, 1 sack, 1 interception

Like his first two years in the league, Davon House's 2013 campaign was a combination of ups and downs. His size makes him a more physically imposing matchup for receivers, but he'll lose coverage on experienced receivers too often. That said, as a fourth or fifth cornerback, House is far from an issue.

#24 Jarrett Bush

6-0, 200 lbs.
How acquired: free agent signee, 2006

2014 Contract Terms (signed for 2014 only)

Base salary: $1.6 million
Workout bonus: $100,000
T
otal compensation: $1.7 million
C
ap number: $2,033,334

2013 Statistics

12 games played
13 tackles, 5 passes defensed, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles

Though listed as a cornerback, Jarrett Bush's role with the Packers lies on special teams. He's led the team's coverage squads for the better part of the last ten years, and his path to a roster spot is tied to a continued strong performance in that role. Every year a cavalcade of pundits discount Bush's chances of making the roster (this writer included). However, he's managed to stick around and contribute.

#20 Jumal Rolle

6-0, 188 lbs.
How acquired: free agent signee, 2013

2014 Contract Terms (signed through 2015)

Base salary: $420,000
Total compensation: $420,000
C
ap number: $510,000

2013 Statistics

(Spent season on practice squads for multiple teams)

Little can be said about Jumal Rolle at this point. He spent time with the Bills and Saints before arriving in Green Bay, but he faces an uphill battle to make the roster. Another year on the practice squad isn't out of the question, however.

#35 Antonio Dennard

5-11, 189 lbs.
How acquired: free agent signee, 2013

2014 Contract Terms (signed through 2015)

Base salary: $420,000
Total compensation: $420,000
C
ap number: $510,000

2013 Statistics

(Spent season on practice squad)

Like Jumal Rolle, Antonio Dennard has spent time with two teams before the Packers signed him late in 2013. Unlike Dennard, he entered the league in 2012 and is running out of time. He still has practice squad eligibility, but if it's a close decision the Packers will favor the player who they can stash longer.

Jason Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as a contributor at various publications. His work has previously appeared on Hook’em Headlines, Beats Per Minute, and Lombardi Ave.
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