NFC East Notes: Cowboys, Redskins, Trent Williams



Cowboys owner Jerry Jones mentioned that he believes they’ll have an agreement in place with RB Ezekiel Elliott at some point, but it won’t come at the cost of some of their other notable players.

“As far as doing something that would disrupt and shake the base of our plans for how to keep the talent we’ve got here, I’m not about to shake that loose,” Jones said, via

“When have I ever not done one?” Jones added.

While Elliott is away from the team and reportedly in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Jones says he isn’t concerned about Elliott missing reps or staying in shape.

He is very conscientious about his preparation to play, and I’m not even giving it a second thought as to his conditioning, which is a part of his ability to step right in here and play,” Jones said. “That’s not even an issue. I’m not concerned about him missing the reps out here relative to getting his timing down. All of that is very easy for my mind to deal with.”

  • Cowboys G Zack Martin’s back has been bothering him and the decision was made for him to undergo an MRI. (Jon Machota)
  • The Cowboys had Xavier Su’a-Filo working with the first team at right guard during Friday’s morning walk-through in place of Martin. (Jon Machota)

Trent Williams

On Thursday, a report surfaced that Redskins LT Trent Williams asked for a trade back in June.

Washington is reportedly hoping that mounting fines will convince Williams to return to the team. However, a source tells Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk that it won’t happen.

“Williams doesn’t care,” Florio’s source said.

Florio adds that Williams believes the Redskins will never be able to collect the fines if he never plays for them again, since there will be no game checks from which they can withhold the fines.

The Redskins can, however, look to recoup $1.62 million from Williams’ unearned signing bonus remaining on his current contract.

  • Craig Hoffman of 106.7 The Fan reports that the Redskins are somewhat confused with Williams’ request because they don’t know what he wants. 
  • A source familiar with the Redskins’ thinking tells Hoffman that Williams has not demanded specific changes on the medical staff, and Williams’ side has been silent in attempts to negotiate a new contract.
  • However, a separate source tells Hoffman that Williams wouldn’t demand to be the highest-paid tackle in the NFL, but does want more guaranteed money. 


  • Ian Rapoport reports that if Donald Penn ends up being the Redskins’ starting left tackle, he can earn $5.03 million in 2019.
  • Penn receives a signing bonus of $250,000 to go along with a base salary of $1.03 million, 46-man active roster bonuses worth $750,000 and incentives worth up to $3 million.
  • Seahawks QB Paxton Lynch told reporters on Friday that he had a chance to sign with Redskins late last year but wanted to hold off and see if Seattle made him an offer. (Bob Condotta)
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