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The Seahawks will pursue free agent cornerback Tramon Williams. Per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a source close to Williams and his agent, Rodney Williams, said that "the Seahawks have made it clear they're going after the 31-year-old cornerback because they have little or no chance to re-sign Maxwell, an unrestricted free agent."

This is no surprise. Maxy is expected to fetch upwards of $10 million per year and Seattle already has a great deal of their cap space invested in the secondary with Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, and Kam Chancellor all on their second deals. Keeping Maxwell would be preferable, but the Seahawks have to worry about spreading the money around.

Per McGinn, "The Seahawks prefer Williams to other veteran cornerbacks because Schneider knows him from four seasons in Green Bay and views him as an ideal fit for coach Pete Carroll's aggressive Cover 3 coverage scheme."

The Packers offered Williams a two-year $8 million contract, per McGinn's source, but Williams rejected it. It's expected that he'll fetch between $4 and $6 million per year, and he apparently wants a three or four year deal. Seattle will almost surely have an opt-out clause in the deal over the final two seasons if it gets to that point where papers are drawn up.

Regardless, negotiations cannot start until the 8th, so in the meantime, per NFL Draft Diamonds, the Seahawks are hosting free agent Cary Williams to Seattle. The 31 year old Williams was recently released by the Eagles in a cap-cutting move, and is a 6'1, 190 pound veteran of seven seasons. He started 16 games in 2014 and had two picks and nine passes defensed.

It makes too much sense that the Seahawks would pursue free agent cornerbacks prior to the draft. With Byron Maxwell likely gone next year, and Jeremy Lane likely to miss at least the first half of the season, Seattle needs to beef up their depth at best, and perhaps sign a starter at worst, if they're not confident in Tharold Simon. Either way, this is their normal M.O., and they don't want to go into the draft having to select a cornerback early on. They like to be flexible and have competition at every spot.