Redskins Refuse To Pay Trent Williams

The Redskins have elected to not pay Trent Williams the remainder of his $5.1MM base salary for the 2019 season, league sources tell Field Yates and Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). Per league rules, teams have the right to not pay players who are on the non-football injury list and the Redskins are exercising that right. 

Williams was placed on NFI on Thursday. On Friday morning, he lashed out at the Redskins yet again and made it known that he does not intend to play for them ever again. The offensive tackle remains under contract through the 2020 season, but it’s hard to envision a reconciliation for the two sides.

The Redskins had the opportunity to move Williams before the late October trade deadline, but they held on to him instead. The Redskins may explore trades again in the offseason, but at that stage, they won’t have much in the way of leverage. Many have questioned the Redskins’ handling of the Williams’ situation on the whole, as well as their refusal to cut ties with him this year.

Williams, a seven-time Pro Bowler, has missed 13 games over the last three seasons due to various injuries. He graded out as the league’s best overall tackle in 2016, according to Pro Football Focus, and still managed to place No. 21 in a relatively down 2018.

Despite the health issues, including a recent cancer scare, Williams says he wants to continue playing football. Just not in D.C.

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23 comments on “Redskins Refuse To Pay Trent Williams

  1. goldenmisfit

    The Washington Redskins are not just the most pathetic organization in the NFL but in all of sports. I don’t know why anyone would want to play for this joke of a franchise. Trent Williams has put his body on the line for this organization for many years and now they basically have just said to him “screw you“. This is pretty much the Washington Redskins saying “we decided to put you on the non-football injury list and not pay you because you want us to trade you“ never before have I heard an organization doing this just because a player wanted out. The only way I can see a free agent signing with the Washington Redskins is if they have had no other offers and it’s either the Redskins or retirement and even then if I was a free agent I would seriously think about retirement.

    • Michael Chaney

      Or if you’re Landon Collins and they so grossly overpay you that you’d be crazy to sign elsewhere

    • John Gruden did it to Keyshawn Johnson with the Buc’s back in the day. It’s not unheard of.

    • Ironman_4life

      So if they call you up and offer you a contract today you’re not going to sign?

  2. badco44

    Guys I’m totally sick of the skins owner… guy has ruined this once very proud franchise….. but I’m also under the opinion that Trent Williams is an adult and can go to the Dr on his own…. doesn’t need someone to hold his hand like he is a two year old!

    • shawn hemp

      They could have done the testing themselves. It’s proof that they don’t care about their players.

      • wrigleyhawkeye

        BS. There’s a certain level of accountability a person has on their own. He’s known about the the growth on his head for what, 3 years? Laziness and stupidity on the part of an individual is not the NFL’s fault.

        • puddles

          Its not laziness and stupidity when he was actively seeing Doctors from the Redskins who were telling him it was nothing to worry about. He eventually decided to get it otherwise looked at because he felt they weren’t putting his best interest in mind to get additional testing. That’s the entire point of the disagreement.

          • JJB0811

            Please show me where (a) the Skins said everything is fine & (b) he went for additional testing for the past 4 years. That’s never been mentioned. Just the Skins are at fault & only from 2019 spring.

        • myaccount

          A doctor told him he was fine so he got a second opinion and found out he had cancer. Clear ignorance to say Williams should be accountable for this. How about their team doctors be accountable? They deserve to lose their license for completely underselling the severity and not diagnosing it properly.

          • JJB0811

            Those doctors are vetted by the NFL and NFLPA. If Malpractice happened, it would be a universal problem for the league, not just 1 franchise.

  3. crosseyedlemon

    This was a situation that could have been resolved much better by both sides but they let it become personal and now it’s an ugly mess. If I were a player agent I would insist that my clients stay away from social media like Twitter because they only make things worse for themselves with their ridiculous rants.

  4. bowserhound

    Sounds like this decision was 100% out of spite. Great franchise you have there guys.

  5. JJB0811

    I’m not pro Dan, but no one; not Trent, his agent, or the NFLPA, mentioned this for the past 5 years? And yet is 100% The team’s fault?

    Trent played through the diagnosis for 3-4 years. And, as always, he wasn’t happy about his contract.

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