When it came to free agency, this was a rather slow offseason for the AFC North.
The biggest acquisition any team made was Cleveland signing cornerback Tramon Williams. The 32-year-old DB left Green Bay to sign a three-year deal worth $21 million to be the Browns' starting boundary corner opposite Joe Haden.
After Buster Skrine left to sign with the Jets this offseason, it was imperative Cleveland found another corner who could handle a starting role. After all, teams will shy away from All-Pro Joe Haden as often as possible. That makes the No. 2 corner even more important, and Williams should fill that role nicely.
A former undrafted free agent out of Louisiana Tech, Williams debuted for the Packers in 2007 and has been a quality starting corner ever since. He's missed just one game over his nine-year career while notching 28 interceptions, 114 pass deflections and 395 tackles in 127 games.
In 2014, Williams had 13 pass defenses, three interceptions and 70 total tackles, including 60 solo stops in 16 regular-season starts with the Packers. He also helped them advance to the NFC Championship Game. Williams finished 2014 with a respectable 1.6 grade from Pro football Focus. His 2.7 pass-coverage mark was also the second best of any Packers player.
Williams has proven durable throughout his nine years with the Packers. After not playing in 2006, Williams played all 16 games all but once over the next eight years. He missed just one contest in 2011. Over the last five seasons, he has started and played in 79 of a possible 80 games. In his career, Williams has registered 464 tackles (390 solo), defended 115 passes, 28 interceptions and five forced fumbles.
He may not have a lot left in the tank, but Williams should be able to come in and serve as a solid starting corner for the Browns, opposite Haden. The Browns already had one of the top pass defenses in the NFL last season, allowing just 224.5 passing yards per game. Subtracting Skrine and adding Williams should ensure it remains near the top this coming season.