The Journal Sentinel learned the club is willing to pay Williams more than Harris, whose average per year is $5.418 million, but not close to Charles Woodson, whose deal averages $9.73 million.
Since his first renegotiation in 2004, Harris has received $11.75 million in signing and roster bonuses. It's expected that Williams' next contract would include bonuses in the $10 million to $12 million range.
Williams and his agent, Rodney Williams of Katy, Texas, are weighing what the Packers have offered against a possible excursion into the next unrestricted free-agent market. If, as expected, the next labor agreement brings a return to four accrued seasons as the trigger for unrestricted eligibility, Williams would be unrestricted in 2011.
Obviously, I am thrilled with this development. I only hope the anger Williams felt toward the club this summer over his Restricted tender has dissipated. He is a player the Packers can ill afford to lose.
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