The road to reconciliation and reunion between the Washington Redskins and LT Trent Williams was always paved with landmines. Owner Dan Snyder and Head Coach Ron Rivera removed a few of those with the firing of Team President Bruce Allen and Head Athletic Trainer Larry Hess. Now a big one looks like it could blow up the whole thing and send Trent Williams to another team in a trade.
His holdout started when he had to have a cancerous growth removed from his scalp, but the other part was his lack of guaranteed money in the final two years of his contract. The holdout didn't work out for either side. The Redskins didn't trade their disgruntled LT, and the lost a year of his contract without anything in return. Williams lost $11 million in salary last year, didn't get a new deal, and didn't get traded. A total failure all around.
Mentioned in here the top of market $$ TW wanted. That means 19-20 mil. Talked about that too on the podcast. Many in org I talked to last year always felt was about $$$ https://t.co/4sk1lHGVMf— John Keim (@john_keim) February 29, 2020
Now Ron Rivera is attempting to bring Williams back, but Trent's contract demands are reportedly sky high. He wants to be the highest-paid tackle in the NFL, and he's not likely to get that deal from the Washington Redskins. Can a deal still be done between the two sides? Maybe, but those chances are getting slimmer by the day. Free agency starts March 18th, and the draft is April 23rd, and the team needs to know where they stand very soon.
Sources tell me Trent Williams may be done in DC. He’s looking for a long term deal at top of the OT market, something the Redskins are not willing to do. If talks stay this way, a trade may be the best option. #httr #Redskins— Julie Donaldson (@JDonaldsonNBCS) February 28, 2020
If Williams' demands don't drop, a trade will likely happen. According to Michael Silver, no teams have contacted the Redskins about acquiring Williams. The Combine is in full swing, and a big part of that is making deals. Executives and agents are discussing trades, free agency, and extensions daily in Indianapolis as they watch the Underwear Olympics, and hit the restaurants at night.
As I just stated on @nflnetwork, no teams have contacted Washington about the possibility of trading for LT Trent Williams. He has a year left on his deal and has had conversations with new coach Ron Rivera, who is unlikely to spend a lot of energy trying to appease Williams.— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) February 28, 2020
If the Redskins are trying to move Williams, they will have a few options. The Browns were reportedly interested in a trade, and a 1st round pick was on the table. Bruce Allen brushed them off until the trade deadline, and Cleveland told him to piss off.
Plenty of teams need help on the offensive line, but what is the market right now for Trent Williams, a soon-to-be 32 year old who hasn't played since 2018? He is an elite LT when on the field and could play for several more years in the NFL. Williams has dealt with multiple injuries over the last few seasons, and hasn't played a full 16 games since 2013.
The Redskins hold the #2 overall pick in this year's draft, and there has been plenty of talk about the potential to trade down to acquire more picks. The Redskins had a 3-13 record last year and need to restock the roster under Ron Rivera. They are also missing a 2nd round pick after trading up for Montez Sweat last year.
Trent Williams could be another trade chip in an attempt to move down and acquire multiple premium draft picks in the next two drafts. Chase Young has been projected to the Redskins since they secured the #2 pick. But Tua Tagovailoa is projected to be healthy, and teams will be interested in trading up to get him.
Stay tuned for the next chapter of the Trent Williams saga.
What should the Redskins do with Trent Williams?
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