Green Bay - The Packers have agreed to trade defensive tackle Corey Williams to the Cleveland Browns for a second-round pick.
The deal will be announced after Williams agrees to a new contract and passes a physical.
The trade was first reported on the website of the Washington Post.
The Browns pick would be the 25th of the second round and 56th overall. The Packers also have their own 60th overall selection.
The Journal Sentinel reported Tuesday that league insiders thought the Packers would seek a second-round pick for Williams.
The Packers surprised some by placing the franchise tag on Williams, which called for any club to surrender two first-round picks to the Packers if they signed Williams. But by placing the tag on Williams, Packers general manager Ted Thompson basically bought more time to either sign Williams to a long-term contract, or trade him for less that two first-round picks. It appears the Packers have opted to do the latter.
Since Williams has been tagged by the Packers, the move is essentially a sign-and-trade. Williams will sign his franchise tender ($6.363 million for one season) with the Packers and then be traded to the Cleveland Browns, who will sign Williams to a long-term contract.
The trade will likely appease Williams, who posted seven sacks each of the past two seasons despite being a part-time player on the Packers deep defensive line. Getting the franchise tag keeps players from getting any money up front in the form of a signing bonus. Williams should receive a hefty signing bonus in addition to a multi-year contract.