After visiting the Browns in Cleveland on Sunday, corner back Tramon Williams agreed to a three year deal worth $21 million. Williams will fill the void left by the departure of Buster Skrine and force Justin Gilbert to compete for playing time. Although it has been almost a week since the start of free agency and Cleveland has been patient, this transaction was worth the wait.
First off, the defensive back will be immediately inserted into the starting lineup opposite Joe Haden. This also gives the Browns a veteran who is not only reliable, but can also help mentor Cleveland’s young corners like Gilbert, K’Waun Williams, and Pierre Desir. Tramon Williams was probably the most accomplished free agent corner on the market.
Notably, the former Packer spent his entire career in Green Bay compiling 464 tackles and 28 interceptions. Williams is a ball hawk, picking off 22 passes since 2010 (including playoffs), good enough for second in the league behind only Richard Sherman. Opposing quarterbacks wouldn’t dare pick on a player of his pedigree just to avoid throwing at Joe Haden.
Furthermore, the Louisiana native is a big time play maker. His contributions during Green Bay’s Super Bowl run are most commendable. With less than 30 seconds left on the clock, Williams picked off Michael Vick in the end zone. His interception secured a Wild Card game victory versus the Philadelphia Eagles. His success continued in Atlanta, where the Pro Bowler registered two first half interceptions. One saved a touchdown and the other was a 70 yard pick six, the first of his career.
Not only is Williams dependable, but extremely durable, bringing some continuity to Cleveland. He played in 140 out of a possible 141 games (including playoffs) since first appearing on the Green Bay roster. He has missed only one game since 2007 and started every game for the fourth time in five seasons.
Overall, fans should be ecstatic about this deal. The Cleveland Browns didn’t break the bank and acquired a trustworthy defensive back. Mike Pettine’s defense now possesses two cornerback threats that should rattle opposing quarterbacks. Everyone welcome Tramon Williams to the Cleveland Browns.
– Max Gold
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