Will Redskins Trade Trent Williams To Patriots, Browns Or Vikings?
Will the Redskins trade Trent Williams to the Patriots, Browns or Vikings in the coming weeks?
Despite Bruce Allen’s denials that the team is engaged in trade talks for their star left tackle, it sure does look that way.
#Redskins coach Jay Gruden reiterates that he still “very strongly” believes LT Trent Williams won’t be traded. The team has privately resisted all inquiries. Note: I’m told Williams, who has had several surgeries, is now healthy and ready to play. For someone.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 26, 2019
Williams, 31, is one of the most talented offensive line players in the NFL today.
He immediately lends credibility to an otherwise lackluster Washington offense and should be the one player the franchise locks down for good.
Unfortunately, he has been absent from all team activities since June 4 and his relationship with the Redskins appears to be getting more broken by the day.
CBS NFL reporter Jason La Canfora recently reported that the relationship between Washington brass and Williams is “totally fractured.”
Moreover, Williams has apparently completely lost faith in the team’s medical staff and seems to be completely over trying to make things work with them.
So assuming that the relationship between Williams and Washington has reached the point of no return, the obvious question now is: what comes next?
Well, there have been several rumblings on the trade front – with mixed reports on how serious they are.
New England has found themselves front and center in the sweepstakes after apparently making an offer that the Redskins deemed not good enough.
Kevin Sheehan of The Team 980 in Washington reported that the Patriots offered the Redskins their 2020 first-round pick for Williams, but were ultimately rejected.
JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington seemingly also confirmed the report.
New England badly needs a reliable left tackle after Trent Brown departed for the Raiders and essentially left them with just Isaiah Wynn and Joe Thuney to choose from.
The latter has only played at guard throughout his career, while the former is coming off an Achilles tear.
Cleveland is another option.
Following the retirement of Mr. Reliable, Joe Thomas, the Browns suddenly found themselves with a big hole at left tackle.
The guy currently slated to fill Thomas’ shoes, Greg Robinson, is a journeyman who has not been able to earn a meaningful spot on a team in half a decade.
Minnesota is another interesting potential landing spot for Williams.
Realizing that they need to do a better job creating more time for Kirk Cousins to throw, the Vikings made the offensive line a priority.
Minnesota spent a first round pick in the draft on Garrett Bradbury in hopes he would shore up the o-line, but obviously that is not the same thing as bringing in a proven talent like Williams.
That Chicago Bears defense is inspiring fear in all NFC North teams this season, so having Williams protecting Cousins would be absolutely huge.
All of that being said, it is worth noting again that Allen has consistently maintained that the Redskins will not be trading their star left tackle.
“Well I think Trent is going to play football, yes,” he said recently. “We had a surprising retirement this week in the NFL and I don’t see Trent retiring.”
When pressed on whether Williams’ next game will be in a Redskins uniform or not, Allen confirmed that it would in fact be in a Redskins uniform.
“No, it will be with us,” he said.
“I THINK TRENT’S GONNA PLAY FOOTBALL”#Redskins team president Bruce Allen goes 1-on-1 with @SherreeBurruss to talk about the latest with Trent Williams’ holdout. Tomorrow, Allen talks about Jay Gruden’s job security as well as his own, only on @nbcwashington pic.twitter.com/B14C09rDdp
— NBC4 Sports (@NBC4Sports) August 28, 2019
Where will Williams ultimately end up?
We’ll find out soon enough.