Seattle eyeing Packers’ Tramon Williams

With Byron Maxwell expected to field offers of 10+ million a year, the Seahawks are almost surely going to have to find a new fourth member of the Legion of Boom through free agency and the 2015 draft. Could John Schneider go back to his Green Bay roots to find a replacement?

That is the latest rumor making the rounds as Packers' standout cornerback Tramon Williams has been linked to the Seahawks.

The 5-11, 186 pound Williams would seem to be an ideal match. The former undrafted free agent out of Louisiana Tech plays with the chip on his shoulder that Pete Carroll and new defensive coordinator Kris Richard love and he's proven both durable and versatile.

Since he latched on as a member of Green Bay's practice squad in 2006, Williams, 31, has missed just one game due to injury (and that was back in 2011) while starting 89 games over his career. He's been Green Bay's most reliable corner throughout much of his career and is a proven big play specialist with 28 interceptions and five forced fumbles over that time. He ranked 34th on Pro Football Focus' cornerback rankings this past season - 11 spots higher than Maxwell.

Better yet, he's proven able to slide inside as situations require it, starting at nickel even the past season and has experience as a returner. That versatility could be especially intriguing to the Seahawks because of the extended absence expected with incumbent "starting" nickelback Jeremy Lane suffering a torn ACL as well as a broken arm in the Super Bowl and the team lacking a game-breaking threat in the return game.

Williams wasn't unbeatable last year. It was Williams trailing on Jermaine Kearse's overtime touchdown reception that vaulted the Seahawks into the Super Bowl. Williams, you may recall, was in good position but a pinpoint pass from Russell Wilson beat him. Williams did not get safety help on this particular play, as well, and his blanketing of Kearse throughout much of the NFC championship contributed to Green Bay's rookie free safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix notching two interceptions in the game.

Unlike some of the other cornerbacks available on the market, Williams would appear to be a plug and play option. He's well-versed in man to man responsibilities and has the big-game moxie to handle the pressure of lining up on the other side of Richard Sherman.

Due to his age, Williams isn't likely to generate as much attention on the open market as Maxwell. The early buzz is that he's looking for a three to four year deal averaging five million a season.

Green Bay reportedly offered Williams a two-year deal for eight million.

Among other players the Seahawks have expressed some interest in thus far include recently released Philadelphia cornerback Cary Williams and Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas, among others.

Want to get to know Williams a little better? Here's a video he did with Eastbay that talks about his journey to the NFL.


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