John Keim of ESPN has heard from a few sources within the Redskins who said there is nothing to the Trent Williams‘ rumors “to their knowledge.”
- According to Les Carpenter, Redskins’ officials “emphatically insist” that the Williams-to-the-Browns rumor is not true.
There’s no question that the Browns would make a lot of sense as a trade candidate for Williams, who is still holding out, given that they’ve dealt with offensive line issues this season.
Williams is by far the best offensive tackle option out and would be a big upgrade at an important position for the Browns.
Last week, Redskins president Bruce Allen told reporters that there’s been “no dialogue” with any team regarding a potential trade for Williams.
When asked if they would consider trading Williams, Allen said: “No, not at this time.”
A source very close to Williams tells Dianna Russini that “Trent doesn’t have any plans of returning to the Redskins anytime soon.”
Allen had previously expressed optimism that Williams would eventually rejoin the team, but it’s clear that he’s entrenched in his stance to not play for Washington.
Williams requested either a trade or release earlier this offseason and has reportedly vowed not to play for Washington in 2019.
Williams, 31, is a former first-round pick of the Redskins back in 2010. He currently in the fourth year of his five-year, $66 million contract that includes $43.25 million guaranteed and stands to make base salaries of $11 million and $12.5 million over the next two years of the agreement.
In 2018, Williams started 13 games for the Redskins. Pro Football Focus rated Williams as the No. 21 tackle out of 80 qualifying players.
We’ll have more on the situation with the Browns and Williams as the news is available.