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Williams gets big guaranteed payday from Browns

Pete Dougherty
USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
Cornerback Tramon Williams, right, has signed with the Cleveland Browns.

It's not hard to see why Tramon Williams left the Green Bay Packers for the Cleveland Browns this week.

The 32-year-old cornerback's three-year, $21 million contract includes $10 million in guaranteed money, which is a large guarantee for a player his age and an amount the Packers likely weren't near matching. The deal also will pay him $14 million in the first two years combined.

The Packers were believed to be offering Williams a two-year deal that averaged in the range of $4 million to $5 million a season. It's unclear how much of a guarantee the Packers offered, though it likely wasn't close to the $10 million Williams is receiving from Cleveland.

Williams will make more than $7 million in the first year of the deal, according to a source with access to NFL salary information. That includes $7.2 million in salary and bonuses that are guaranteed. He also can make up $300,000 more in weekly bonuses for being on the active game-day roster.

Here's a breakdown of the deal:

2015

  • Cash value: $7.5 million
  • Cap number: $6.5 million
  • Signing bonus: $1.5 million
  • Base salary: $3.7 million (guaranteed)
  • Roster bonus: $2 million (guaranteed, due March 20)
  • Roster bonus: Up to $300,000 ($18,750 per game active)

2016

  • Cash value: $6.5 million
  • Cap number: $7 million
  • Base salary: $6.2 million ($2.8 million guaranteed)
  • Roster bonus: Up to $300,000 ($18,750 per game active)

2017

  • Cash value: $7 million
  • Cap number: $7.5 million
  • Base salary: $5.7 million
  • Roster bonus: $1 million (due third day of league year)
  • Roster bonus: Up to $300,000 ($18,750 per game active)