Tramon Williams has earned everything he's gotten in his NFL career. Since cutting in his first camp out Lousiana Tech by the Houston Texans, he joined the Packers practice squad two months into the 2006 season. He earned a roster spot the next year, worked his way into the nickel and dime rotation and picked up some occassional starts over the next three seasons. He became the full time starter just over a year ago when Al Harris suffered a season ending knee injury. Tramon maintained his hold on the cornerback position even as Harris was coming off the PUP list and his play made the popular veteran expendalbe. Now Williams, who signed a restricted free agent tender offer at the beginning of the season for about three million dollars, has earned a big payday from the Pack, agreeing to a 4 year contract extension that reportedly will earn him up to 33 million dollars. Williams instantly becomes one of the highest paid defensive backs in the league. Based on his play, he's clearly in the ballpark. Williams leads the team with four interceptions and 15 passes defensed. He's yet to allow a touchdown pass and the two longest plays completed against him over the first 11 weeks covered 20 and 21 yards. T-Dub as he's called will man the corner for the Packers defense through 2014.
The injured reserve club welcomed two more members on Tuesday as Brandon Chillar and Spencer Havner had their seasons come to an end. Chillar re-injured a shoulder that forced him out of three games earlier in the year while Havner was a one and done player, pulling his hamstring just days after signing back with the Pack. Green Bay now has 13 players on IR and at least among defensive players, you could field an awfully good team from that list. Two high draft picks on the defensive line in Justin Harrell and Mike Neal, a linebacking quartet of Nick Barnett, Brad Jones, Brady Poppinga and Chillar and in the secondary, Derick Martin and Morgan Burnett. Green Bay is likely to promote Robert Francois off the practice squad to take Chillar's roster spot.
Congrats to Kevin Greene, the Pack's outsline linebackers coach who made the cut to Canton. For the 4th time, Greene is among the semifinalists for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The list of 26 will be pared to 15 finalists from which the class of 2011 will come. Greene racked up 160 sacks in his 15 year playing career with the Rams, Steelers, Panthers and 49ers, third all-time and first among linebackers. He's brought the same passion as a player to Green Bay's coaching staff helping Clay Matthews reach Pro Bowl Status almost overnight and coaching up undrafted free agent Frank Zombo.