Trent Williams Willing To Wait On New Deal

The 49ers are now the team dealing with Trent Williams‘ hopes for a new contract. But their new left tackle said he is willing to be patient.

In addressing his contract Thursday, Williams did not indicate this is an issue the 49ers must address now. The soon-to-be 32-year-old lineman has one season — with a non-guaranteed $12.5MM base salary — remaining on a five-year deal he agreed to in 2015.

We both agreed on we can take a wait-and-see approach,” Williams said, via the San Jose Mercury News’ Cam Inman (on Twitter). “… Obviously it’s an incentive for me to play well. Both parties are interested in something long term but I’m more than OK with just getting my feet wet and just playing it out.

Shortly after Joe Staley‘s retirement, the 49ers traded a 2020 fifth-round pick and a 2021 third-rounder for Williams. This ended a lengthy standoff with the Redskins. The Vikings had also pursued Williams, who was believed to have scuttled a trade to Minnesota. Williams’ agent denied this, and Williams said the Vikings did not land him because they dropped out of the chase. The soon-to-be 32-year-old tackle added that his and the Vikings’ visions did not line up. The Vikings drafted Ezra Cleveland in Round 2.

The Vikings, long term, and what I looked at long term, it didn’t sync up,” Williams said, via NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco. “They just really dropped out. It wasn’t me refusing to go.”

The seven-time Pro Bowler worked with Kyle Shanahan during the latter’s stay as Washington’s offensive coordinator. The familiarity with Shanahan and his offensive system led Williams to view San Francisco as a preferred destination, he added.

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15 comments on “Trent Williams Willing To Wait On New Deal

  1. Yep it is

    I too am willing to wait when I have NO CONTROL over what my employer is wanting to do. The guy is a Buffoon.

  2. Williams and his clown agent Vince Taylor tried to stare down Ron Rivera and the Redskins and lost. No one would offer reasonable trade compensation for a lineman who has health issues and hasn’t played for over a season. So Kyle Smith told Taylor/Williams you either drop the new contract demand or we won’t trade you, may franchise you and you’ll never play football professionally or be paid again until you are thirty-four.

    Looking reality in the face, Trent Williams and Vance Taylor blinked and agreed to play out the last year of his contract without any extension or further guarantees.

    The other DC renegotiator Quinton Dunbar (I have some sympathy for him as he was really underpaid against performance but then again he never played full seasons) went to Seattle and has to play out his contract too at face value.

    No Redskin is likely to think it a good idea to push the front office any time soon. This is good for the Redskins and it’s good for the NFL. The shenanigans of Leveon Bell and Antonio Brown were setting a very bad recent precedent. The fate of all four will cool off both players and agents who consider contract obligations optional.

    • crosseyedlemon

      The way the Redskins handled the whole affair was a clustermuck from the get go. Even the most loyal fans in Washington would acknowledge that.

      • rocky7

        Sine when did you think the NFL was a Democracy….players play for owners and organizations not the other way around…..tough to feel sorry for a selfish player who while demanding a trade also wanted to negotiate a contract making himself the highest paid player at his position after sitting out a full year, and not playing a full season for several years.

        • ThePeople'sElbow

          and who the hell are you? defending billionaires? why aren’t you on the side of labor? must have that owner mentality too. Jabroni!

        • ioh2710

          Bro, those owners could care less about you. Why do you care about them so much???? Why side with billionaires. I don’t get it

        • ThePeople'sElbow

          we’ll be sure to tell your boss that you’re being selfish the next time you ask for a raise. You keep doing what your told and stay in line don’t rocky the boat. Jabroni.

  3. crosseyedlemon

    So now the Niners have a guy who will cry that his wet feet hurt when he tries to put on his cleats.

  4. Misterants

    I feel like my employer owes me a massive raise. But seeing as I have zero leverage other than quitting, I too am willing to wait

    • crosseyedlemon

      “Leverage” has become something of a buzz word around here lately but it’s importance is over exaggerated. You can go to any shopping mall and watch the tiny tots with no leverage manipulate their grown up parents and grandparents with ease.

      • rocky7

        Leverage is commonly used to negotiate for your information and that also applies to negotiating pro contracts as well…..

        • crosseyedlemon

          Remind me that the sun provides light and heat too. I never suggested otherwise.

  5. yakvike

    Glad the Vikes drafted Cleveland. I grew up watching the mountain west. solid players.

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