clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Packers 2015 free agent preview: Trio of cornerbacks up for new deals

New, comments

Green Bay faces difficult decisions on Tramon Williams, Davon House and Jarrett Bush.

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images

Over the next two weeks, we will take a look at each position group on the Packers and provide grades and insight on how they performed in the 2014 season. Today, we'll be looking at the cornerbacks. Follow along with all of our positional breakdowns here.

To conclude our review of the Green Bay Packers' cornerbacks, we dive into those headed towards free agency. The team has three such players including a longtime starter.

Tramon Williams

Years in the NFL: 8

Status: Unrestricted free agent

Expiring contract: Four years, $33 million ($10,895,000 guaranteed)

2014 details: $6.9 million base salary, $2 million prorated signing bonus, $300,000 roster bonus, $300,000 workout bonus

2014 stats: 16 games, 61 tackles, three interceptions

Since injuring his shoulder in the opening game of the 2011 season, Tramon Williams hasn't quite been right. His play dipped during that season and most of the following two, suggesting that the premier cover man that dominated during the Packers' Super Bowl run in 2010 wouldn't resurface. However, Williams rebounded well in 2014. Often tasked with covering opponents' top receiver, Williams played some of the best football of his career. Unfortunately, he sunk back into mediocrity during the playoffs where he gave up 12 catches, 161 yards and three touchdowns. Still, Williams is someone the Packers can't easily replace with the players currently signed for next season. With his age (32) likely to deflate his market, the team could look for a short-term deal while they search for a long-term replacement.

Davon House

Years in the NFL: 4

Status: Unrestricted free agent

Expiring contract: Four years, $2,340,850 ($300,580 guaranteed)

2014 details: $645,000 base salary, $75,145 prorated signing bonus

2014 stats: 13 games, 28 tackles, one forced fumble, one interception

2014 showed the best and worst of Davon House. When he's on the field, House can cover any team's top receiver. He was the only member of the Packers' secondary able to keep the ball away from Julio Jones during the Packers' near come-from-ahead loss to the Atlanta Falcons. However, injuries continue to plague House. He fractured his scapula during a pass breakup in Week 14 and missed the next three games. When he returned for the playoffs, the layoff and resulting rust limited House to mere special teams duty. Still, this is a player that held quarterbacks to a 76.6 passer rating on balls thrown in his direction in 2014. He has the size (6-foot-0, 195 pounds) that teams crave. With no great free agent corners after Darrelle Revis, some general manager is going to throw a huge offer in House's direction. When that happens, it's difficult to envision the Packers matching.

Jarrett Bush

Years in the NFL: 9

Status: Unrestricted free agent

Expiring contract: Three years, $5,250,000 ($1 million guaranteed)

2014 details: $1.6 million base salary, $333,333 prorated signing bonus, $100,000 workout bonus

2014 stats: 15 games, 16 tackles

Jarrett Bush is a survivor. Every year, legions of fans and pundits predict his demise only to see him make the 53 yet again. As in most seasons, Bush spent the majority of his time on special teams. At this point in his career, that's all any team should expect of him. The Packers could certainly let him walk in 2015, but that depends on whether they feel Demetri Goodson or one of their other youngsters is ready to take over Bush's role. At this point, it seems foolish to bet against him.

Jason B. Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as an SB Nation newsdesk contributor and NFL writer for Sports on Earth.