The Seahawks are said to be interested in cornerbacks Cary Williams and Tramon Williams as free agency looms.
The Seahawks, potentially losing Byron Maxwell in free agency and also needing to beef up a secondary that has been hit with some injuries, are reportedly courting cornerbacks Cary Williams and Tramon Williams.
Cary Williams, who was released by the Eagles earlier this week, will visit the Seahawks Thursday, according to a report Wednesday night from NFLDraftDiamonds.com that has since been further confirmed by NFL.com, among others.
The 30-year-old Williams started all 33 regular season and playoff games for the Eagles the past two years. He previously played for Tennessee and Baltimore and started in the Ravens’ Super Bowl LXVIII win over the 49ers.
Cary Williams was released by the Eagles in a salary cap move as he was due to make $6.5 million in 2015. He had two interceptions in two years with the Eagles, who have not been known for their pass defense, allowing the most passing yards in the NFL in 2013 and the second-most in 2014.
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Reports Thursday morning are that the Ravens, the team Williams played for prior to the Eagles, are also interested in Williams and that he could also make other visits.
As for Tramon Williams, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported tonight that the Seahawks are expected to pursue him if he is not re-signed by the Packers by the time the free agent signing period begins on Tuesday.
As the story notes, Tramon Williams joined the Packers in 2006 when current Seattle general manager John Schneider was then working in Green Bay.
Tramon Williams, who recently turned 32, started all but one game for Green Bay the last five years. The Press-Gazette reports he turned down a two-year, $8 million offer from the Packers and wants a 3-4-year deal averaging $5 million a season.
Tramon Williams may be best-remembered in Seattle as the player who was beaten by Jermaine Kearse for the game-winning touchdown in the NFC Championship game.
Seattle is in need of cornerbacks with Maxwell likely to get offers that the Seahawks won’t be able to match and with Jeremy Lane having suffered an ACL injury and Tharold Simon recently having surgery on his shoulder.
Seattle could sign Cary Williams immediately since he has been released but would have to wait until Tuesday to sign Tramon Williams. The period when teams can begin negotiating contracts with free agents begins Saturday. At the NFL Combine, Williams’ agent, Rodney Williams (no relation) made a case for why Green Bay should re-sign his client.
“Everybody looks at that number 32 (his age), and it’s based strictly on whether you’re going to start breaking down and missing games,” Rodney Williams said as quoted by CBSSports.com. “You’re talking about a guy who’s played in 140 out of 141 games, so if there’s any player on that team that’s going to show up every day, it’s Tramon Williams, so I think that’s going to be the exception to that age number that some people are putting out.”