Ron Rivera has made bringing Trent Williams back into the fold a priority since becoming the Redskins new head coach on January 1st. That was always going to be a complicated, uphill battle due to the way former Team President Bruce Allen handled the situation last year.
Rivera and Williams have discussed the issues that need to be worked out for a reunion to happen this season. The Redskins fired Bruce Allen and Head Athletic Trainer Larry Hess, two big steps for an athlete who had had issues with the handling of a tumor that turned out to be cancerous and needed to be removed.
That side of the dispute seems to be worked out, but now we get to the nitty gritty which is money. Williams was placed on the Reserve/NFI list last year after he reported and had issues putting his helmet on. This means he wasn't paid for the entire 2019 season($10.85 million). He now has one year left on his contract that would pay him $12.5 million this year with no guaranteed money.
Mike Garafolo is reporting that Williams wants a new deal, and if he can't get that he wants to be traded. The Redskins were going to have to give him a new deal for Williams to return, but they haven't agreed on one yet. This situation could go either way, but it is definitely in a better place than it was two months ago.
#Redskins coach Ron Rivera says he’s had good talks with Trent Williams but sources tell me and @RapSheet there’s still work to be done on that front, as Williams has communicated to the team he wants a new contract or a trade. pic.twitter.com/SG7EYDmuNR— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) February 27, 2020
I’m told contract year LT Trent Williams has not been given permission to seek a trade, at this time. Williams communicated to the team he still wants a new deal or to be dealt, even after having a constructive meeting w/HC Ron Rivera as Mike Garafolo & Ian Rapoport 1st reported.— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) February 27, 2020