INDIANAPOLIS – Some people see the number 32 when they look at Tramon Williams.
His agent sees a different number: 140.
Yes, the Green Bay Packers cornerback will turn 32 on March 16, and that's antediluvian to general manager Ted Thompson, who had only two players older than 31 on the roster last season.
But this is what Williams' agent, Rodney Williams (no relation), hopes the Packers see: Since he first made the Packers' roster in 2007, Tramon Williams has played in 140 out of a possible 141 games (including playoffs).
"Everybody looks at that number 32, and it's based strictly on whether you're going to start breaking down and missing games," Rodney Williams said at the NFL scouting combine. "You're talking about a guy who's played in 140 out of 141 games, so if there's any player on that team that's going to show up every day, it's Tramon Williams, so I think that's going to be the exception to that age number that some people are putting out."
At this point, Williams doesn't know what the Packers are thinking. The agent said he did not know whether the Packers want his client back and if they do, at what price?
While Thompson said earlier this week that "it's no secret that we try to keep and maintain our own guys as much as possible," they haven't begun any talks with Williams.
According to several people at the combine with knowledge of how the Packers are operating, Thompson and vice president of player finance Russ Ball have been focused on re-signing their top two free agents, receiver Randall Cobb and right tackle Bryan Bulaga.
With the NFL's legal free-agent tampering period to begin in two weeks, everything that isn't related to Cobb and Bulaga appears to be on hold.
"We'll talk at some point and we'll get a better feel then," Rodney Williams said. "He's OK either way. It's a good time to be in either situation."
Rodney Williams keeps going back to that durability, which is an attribute NFL coaches, especially Mike McCarthy, love.
The only game Tramon Williams missed in his career came in 2011, and he probably should have missed the whole season. He wrecked his shoulder so badly in the season opener that he had nerve damage that lasted all season. Instead, he came back two weeks later and finished the season.
The lasting image of Williams is the 35-yard touchdown pass that Seattle Seahawks receiver Jermaine Kearse caught on him in overtime to win the NFC Championship Game, but he had an otherwise productive season. He tied for the team lead with three regular-season interceptions. He was a part of a defense that ranked 10th in the NFL in passing yards allowed and, of course, he played more snaps (1,134 or 93.1 percent of the plays) than anyone on the Packers' defense.
Williams made $7.5 million last season, which was the final year of four-year, $33 million contract extension he signed late in the 2010 season.
"It's a tough proposition for those guys because if you looked at age alone and saw 32, he'd probably be gone," Rodney Williams said. "But if you look at his productivity and see where's he's at, that's something they have to take a look at."