The Green Bay Packers’ third signing of the 2018 free agent period was not as flashy as their first two, but it addresses the position that is arguably the biggest hole on the roster entering the offseason. Furthermore, the team is bringing an old friend back to town.
Cornerback Tramon Williams is reportedly signing with the Packers on a two-year deal, rejoining the team after a three-year hiatus. The news was first reported by James Jones of the NFL Network, one of Williams’ former teammates in Green Bay. Williams spent eight seasons in Green Bay, six of them as a full-time starter, and was a Pro Bowler during the 2010 season. That year, Williams also intercepted three passes in the playoffs, helping the Packers to their 13th NFL title and a win in Super Bowl XLV.
An undrafted free agent out of Louisiana Tech University, Williams got his start with the Houston Texans after the 2006 NFL Draft before the Packers placed him on their practice squad late that season. From 2007 through 2014, he missed just a single game for Green Bay, recording 28 interceptions and 114 pass breakups. Following a pair of seasons with the Cleveland Browns — one of which he spent with new Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine as his head coach — Williams had a bounce-back 2017 campaign with the Arizona Cardinals, starting nine games with two interceptions and 12 pass defenses.
This marks the second time in two seasons that the Packers have brought back a member of the secondary who left following the 2014 season; Davon House came back in 2017 on a one-year deal after spending two years with the Jacksonville Jaguars.