Ian Rapoport reports that the 49ers are not signing LT Trent Williams to an extension upon acquiring him from the Redskins.
However, Rapoport adds that Williams’ would’ve received an extension form the Vikings had they finalized a trade with Washington.
Washington will receive 2020 fifth-round pick and a 2021 third-round pick in exchange for Williams.
The Redskins were reportedly looking for second-round value in return for Williams, which could include a combination of picks or a player and a pick. Now that the first two days of the 2020 NFL Draft passed without a trade, Washington clearly wanted to get a package for him.
Earlier today, John Keim of ESPN reported that the 49ers were among the interested teams in trading for Williams. Keim explained that San Francisco’s interest is tied to whether or not Joe Staley retires, so this is another situation to keep an eye on.
Mike Garafolo also points out that Staley now “comes into focus” given he has not declared whether he is returning for 2020 or retiring.
The Vikings were in talks to trade for Williams, but a deal ultimately fell through and Minnesota turned around and used a second-round pick on Boise State OT Ezra Cleveland. (NFLTR)
The Browns and Jets had been linked to Williams as well, but they opted to draft offensive tackle prospects in round one.
There’s also the looming issue of Williams wanting a new deal.
Williams, 31, is a former first-round pick of the Redskins back in 2010. He currently in the final year of his five-year, $66 million contract that includes $43.25 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $12.5 million for the 2020 season.
According to OverTheCap.com, trading or releasing Williams will free up $12.5 million of available cap space while creating $2 million in dead money.
In 2018, Williams started 13 games for the Redskins. Pro Football Focus rated Williams as the No. 21 tackle out of 80 qualifying players.