Williams will start at cornerback opposite Woodson this season, at least until Al Harris returns from the physically unable to perform list and gets back into football shape. Although Williams commits his share of holding and pass interference penalties, at 27, he’s entering his prime and is presumably considered the successor to Harris in Green Bay.
However, Williams is currently playing under the one-year tender he signed as a restricted free agent in the offseason. If he doesn’t receive an extension during the season, he’ll enter the offseason as an unrestricted free agent (if the players and owners can come to an agreement on a new labor deal and there is an offseason).
“I look at it going out and playing football,” Williams said. “As long as do your job, this organization will show you that they’re loyal. I’m not really worrying about that (contract stuff). The organization is first-class; it rewards players who show they’re doing what they’re asked to do.
“It’s not even running through my mind. I’m happy for Charles period.”
Woodson’s extension was for two years, making his current contract a five-year, $55 million deal. Williams won’t approach those numbers, but he did receive the first and third round tender as a restricted free agent, which essentially took him off the market. The tender is a clear sign the Packers think highly of Williams.
Williams is scheduled to earn $3.1 million in 2010 and should command at least $5 million on the open market. If he puts together a good 2010, that number will only go up in a league starved for solid cornerbacks.