Packers Notes: Tramon Gets Paid, Starks Ready to Debut
Entering week 13, the Green Bay Packers have plenty of confidence but are still on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoffs. At 7-4, they sit a game behind the first place Chicago Bears in the NFC North and will look to improve when they host the Frank Gore-less San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Here are some notes on the Packers entering the final quarter of the 2010 regular season.
Tramon Williams Signs Extension Through 2014
Hard work pays off. The Packers and cornerback Tramon Williams signed a four-year extension this past week worth $33.074 million through 2014, making him the fourth highest paid player on the team (behind Aaron Rodgers, Charles Woodson, and Greg Jennings). After joining the practice squad in November 2006, he played behind Charles Woodson and Al Harris for two and a half seasons before entering the starting lineup midway through the 2009 season.
Known as one of the better nickel cornerbacks in the league, as shown by his five interceptions in 2008, Williams didn’t skip a beat taking over for Harris, who was put on injured reserve after tearing his ACL. He finished 2009 with four interceptions and has equaled that total just 11 games in this season.
Sam Shields has eased some of the nerve regarding the future of the cornerbacks in Green Bay, but locking up Williams through 2014 gives the Packers an elite cornerback for the future. He hasn’t received the recognition worthy of his performance in 2010, but he finally got the paycheck he deserved.
Ted Thompson stuck to his guns and rewarded his own players for their performances, locking down the most important free agent the Packers had entering this off-season. Williams was quiet in the media about his contract and will now rank as the twelfth highest paid cornerback in the league. Chalk this one up as a steal for the Packers and a great story about an undrafted free agent making it big in the NFL.
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