It's been two days since Trent Williams’ agent Vincent Taylor released a statement demanding his client be traded or released. Neither of those things have happened, and only one of them is even being considered. The Redskins gave Williams’ team permission to seek a trade on March 5th, and there have reportedly been some teams that are interested. The combination of the Redskins’ asking price and Trent Williams’ contract demands has prevented any deal from happening.
Both sides have been been blamed for this, but the trending story right now is that the Redskins are flexible in their trade demands, while Williams hasn’t moved off being paid like a top tackle. The Browns have been linked to a Trent Williams trade since last year, and are still interested if the overall price of the deal drops. The Redskins want a 2nd round pick or equivalent value which could be multiple picks this year, a pick and a player, or a pick this year and in 2021.
The Redskins are flexible with their compensation for Williams, but expect to get a certain value for him:
"They're not being stubborn.” Redskins want comparable value for Trent Williams but source tells me it could be a pair of picks, pick and a player or picks for 2020 and 2021. https://t.co/pv5dN7tZ3s— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) March 26, 2020
It’s been widely reported that Washington wants a second-round pick in exchange for Williams, but according to sources close to the team, that doesn’t mean only a second-round pick will get the deal done.
”They’re not being stubborn,” one source said of trade talks.
Of course, Washington isn’t down with just trading Williams on the cheap. While a second-round pick remains the hope, the Redskins push back on Taylor’s notion of inconsistency with their demands or trade inflexibility, according to a source. Discussions with other teams have included taking back multiple picks or 2021 selections.
Trent Williams contract demands are holding up a trade:
My understanding is there have been suitors out there for Trent Williams. The trouble is—and I’ll be very clear about this—almost 100% his contract situation. Last year, word circulated that Williams asked the Redskins for quarterback money. And the Redskins found interest over the last few weeks in Williams, only to have suitors push away from the table when apprised of the seven-time Pro Bowl tackle’s financial demands.
Thing is, asking another team for a first- or second-round pick for a player is a lot. You’re giving up a piece of capital that can bring in a young, top player under cost control for the next four or five years—or maybe multiple players, if you trade for, then move the pick. So the player being dealt for has to be good and really valuable to begin with. But if, then, that player wants to break the bank, too? And if he’s in his 30s? Again, it’s a lot.
Trent Williams is not getting cut:
Assessing trade partners for Redskins Pro Bowler Trent Williams... Which team might most be in that window where a trade makes sense? https://t.co/ytF4qFqNiG— John Keim (@john_keim) March 26, 2020
The Redskins have discussed trade compensation for Williams with multiple teams. The Redskins, who have yet to be tempted, continue to ask for second-round value for Williams, though there is flexibility to achieve a deal.
Some teams appear to think Washington will cut Williams, and his side has pushed for it, but a source said that won’t happen.
Trent Williams has no relationship with Ron Rivera:
Williams met with Ron Rivera for about 10-15 minutes a couple weeks ago, and afterwards there was not a feeling between the two that this was going to work.— Dianna (@diannaESPN) March 25, 2020
Trent has always respected, liked owner Dan Snyder- there have never been issues. As a former captain, the 7x pro bowler really wants to be able to move on from Washington but still return one day and possibly be part of the ring of honor. He wants the relationship to be healthy— Dianna (@diannaESPN) March 25, 2020
I’m told Washington tried to negotiate, but believe they can’t just give a player like Trent away for small value in return. From what I learned, Wash believes they have been flexible and this is on Williams’ agency. The agency believes Wash has been inconsistent in their ask.— Dianna (@diannaESPN) March 25, 2020
Trent Williams holdout information via new CBA:
OK, some clarity here on the CBA and holdouts etc as it pertains to T. Williams. Initial summary put out on CBA apparently led to Some confusion, by others, by myself -- and I def know with some teams -- so here goes:— John Keim (@john_keim) March 26, 2020
The confusion came b/c of players with 3 years or less accrued seasons can loss an accrued year if fail to report on time etc. In the CBA it specifies this; in the summary did not. Led to confusion. Apologize for contributing to it.— John Keim (@john_keim) March 26, 2020