This past Friday, former Cleveland Browns cornerback Tramon Williams was a guest on SiriusXM NFL Radio. If you recall, the team released Williams back in February as he was entering the final year of his contract with the team. I was surprised that Williams was one of the few players on defense who wasn’t part of the team’s veteran purge last offseason, when the Browns said goodbye to Donte Whitner, Paul Kruger, and Karlos Dansby.
Williams acknowledged the fact that amidst the team’s 1-15 season, he wishes he could’ve been released last season too:
“From the start of training camp to the beginning of the season, they were going in a different direction. And it came a point during the season to where I wanted to be released. That’s why we got released because it wasn’t a stable spot. It’s not a stable spot. You don’t know who’s going to be the coaches from year to year, and I didn’t know that so I didn’t want to be one of those veterans who is stuck in a spot and at the end of the day, I’m not going to be able to get a job because I was on a bad team. That’s why I wanted to get out of there.”
Williams did go on to thank Cleveland for releasing him as soon as they did this offseason so that he could fairly test the market. Even though he hasn't signed with anyone yet, Williams has "high hopes of landing somewhere before the start of the season."
There is no doubt that Williams did not live up to expectations in his two years with the Browns. I can’t fault his response of wanting to be released last season; he’s a veteran who was used to winning in Green Bay, and knows he doesn’t have much time left in his career. But, he chose the Browns in the first place, and the fact that he didn’t turn in overly positive seasons leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.