Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that Redskins LT Trent Williams‘ issues with Washington are not financial and he’s told teammates that he has demanded a trade or to be released due to their handling of his recent medical situation.
According to La Canfora, Williams has “vowed not to play for them.”
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk mentioned earlier in the day that there’s a sense in some league circles that Williams is concerned about more than his contract, and that he has hard feelings against the team regarding the manner in which the tumor/growth on his head was handled.
Redskins HC Jay Gruden told reporters on Tuesday that the two sides have spoken a bit and they’re hopeful they have a resolution in place.
“We have been talking to Trent a little bit here and there,” Gruden said. “He is not here [at practice], you are right. As far as holding out for whatever reasons, that is between Trent and Eric [Schaffer] and Bruce [Allen]. Hopefully, we’ll get it all situated soon and get him back here.”
Williams was not in attendance for the start of the team’s mandatory minicamp on Tuesday.
Ian Rapoport later reported that Williams wants a new contract, as his old deal is outdated by current market standards.
Williams is expected to be ready for training camp after he had the growth removed. Doctors were worried it was malignant, but Williams should be unaffected once he recovers.
Williams missed time last season with thumb, knee and rib injuries. He played through a torn patellar tendon during the 2017 season.
Williams, 30, 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.