Latest On Trent Williams Market

Thursday marks three weeks since the new Redskins regime gave Trent Williams permission to seek a trade, but he remains on Washington’s roster. The Redskins’ search continues, however.

Some teams around the league appear to believe the Redskins will end up cutting their longtime left tackle, but John Keim of ESPN.com notes the team will not do that. Washington remains intent on prying a second-round pick from a team in exchange for its disgruntled blocker. Williams’ contract demands have likely interfered.

Mentioned from the jump as a Williams suitor, the Jets remain uninterested in surrendering their second-round pick (No. 48 overall), and Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News notes Williams’ hopes for a raise have hindered Jets-Redskins trade talks as much as compensation has. Just as contract demands played a role in lessening the compensation the Steelers received for Antonio Brown and, apparently, what the Texans got for DeAndre Hopkins, Williams’ aims have impacted the Redskins’ trade talks.

He may want a deal in the $20MM-per-year ballpark, Mehta adds. No offensive lineman currently earns that, though Laremy Tunsil‘s Texans extension may make him the first. Williams is set to earn $12.5MM in base salary under his current contract, which expires after the 2020 season. Although Williams is a seven-time Pro Bowler, he will be 32 next season and has experienced steady health issues over the past few years.

A new suitor may also be in the mix. The Vikings have expressed Williams interest, Keim adds. Williams blocked for Kirk Cousins for the better part of his three-plus-season run as Washington’s starter, and the Redskins have pegged the Vikings as a team in a win-now window and, thus, one that would be a logical Williams destination, per Keim. Minnesota still has Riley Reiff penciled in at left tackle, though he has been mentioned as a cut candidate.

The Browns continue to show interest, but Keim cautions that the Andrew Berry regime does not look to be as interested as the John Dorsey-led front office was. Cleveland offered Washington a second-rounder for Williams last year, but then-Redskins president Bruce Allen turned that down.

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17 comments on “Latest On Trent Williams Market

  1. natsfan3437

    No team is going to want to give up a 1st or 2nd round pick in a loaded OT class, then have to pay him 20m+ with out knowing if he is in shape since he didn’t play last season. Also has an awful injury history so it’s not like he has that going to him either. They would be lucky to get a 4th round pick..

    • lucienbel
      lucienbel

      These were my thoughts as well. I just don’t see a second rounder when he hasn’t been on the field in over a year. Lower the asking price however and I’m sure more teams become interested. Same for the extension… I can’t imagine paying him more than any other tackle in the league when a team is uncertain of what it will be getting.

    • tank62
      tank62

      Exactly, teams know thry have to trade him and will be able to bargain with them.

    • victorg

      they missed out on their chance to get a haul form the texans last offseason.

  2. Freddie Morales

    No one should be giving up more than a 3-4 for him. Definitely not getting 20 million. No way should be getting more than Conklin got after sitting out a year.

  3. king beas

    If they’re going to eventually release him just demand less in a trade. A 5th might not seem like a lot but it’s better than nothing

    • Johhos

      That was the thinking with Dunbar. Gotta get at least a 3rd for Trent .

    • martevious

      That’s true, they should take what they can get, but the Redskins, with Snyder as owner, aren’t known for doing anything very intelligent. Snyder needs to not meddle, or sell the team.

    • bigjonliljon

      Why are they going to release him? If he chooses to sit another year without any pay.. let him. Then see how is market plays out. The Skins need to take a stand here in order to stop this continued rewarded behavior. You have a contract.. live up to it. Or go work at McDonalds instead.

      • BaseballFuries
        BaseballFuries

        If that’s the case, the Redskins shouldn’t be able to release any player early to get out from paying them.

  4. bhd360

    I get as an agent you want to give your client confidence and build them up…but how the hell does Trent think he’s worth 20MM per year at this point? His agent has to have told him he has zero chance of making that much money, right?

    • crosseyedlemon

      You have to wonder if he’s ignoring his agent and accepting advice from Dez Bryant on how to negotiate a deal.

  5. martevious

    Who wants to trade for a malcontent who wants more money? 12.5 million isn’t chump change. Sure, maybe he’s good, and maybe others who aren’t as good as him are getting paid more, but I sure don’t feel sorry for him.

    • BaseballFuries
      BaseballFuries

      . . . he says about the player who had a cancerous growth nearly infect his brain.

      • Trent Williams has made tens of millions of dollars playing for the Redskins. That he sat out last year and lost $12.5 million is on him. If he sits out again this year and loses another $12.5 million that’s on him again. Fulfill your contract, big boy.

        The Redskins eventually get their third round pick out of Williams no matter what a hash he makes of his career.

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