Free agency began with a whimper for the Browns, but it might go out with a bang, as the club is pursuing several well-known free agents.
One such player the Browns have brought in for a visit is cornerback Tramon Williams.
Packers free-agent CB Tramon Williams is visiting the Cleveland Browns today, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 15, 2015
The Saints and Seahawks have also pursued Williams, but neither team finalized a deal with the veteran.
Williams has spent his entire eight year career with the Packers. The 31-year-old corner has enjoyed a fruitful career in Green Bay, accruing 395 tackles and 28 interceptions. Williams also appeared in the Pro Bowl as a Packer in 2010.
Corners above the age of 30 tend to quickly decline in the NFL, especially in recent years, but Williams is very durable. The Louisiana Tech product has started each game over the past three seasons, and has only missed one game since making his NFL debut in 2007. Williams also experienced a solid 2014 campaign, hauling in four interceptions and recording a career-high 65 tackles.
The Browns are currently on the hunt for a starting cornerback after losing Buster Skrine to the Jets. Justin Gilbert appears to be another possible option for the second cornerback role, but the Browns have not shown confidence in the second year player after a rough rookie year.
To put this scenario into historical perspective, the Browns signed 31-year-old Sheldon Brown in 2010. Brown notched two interceptions and 51 tackles that season, and played two more seasons in Cleveland before retiring in 2012.
While a long-term deal with Williams might not be a smart solution to the team's cornerback problem, a short-term contract might be a wise move to allow time for Gilbert to mature and settle into the role.