Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that Browns GM John Dorsey has called the Redskins about a potential trade for holdout LT Trent Williams “every single week for the like the last month and a half.” However, Washington has maintained that they’re not trading Williams.
According to Garafolo, a number of sources have said the Redskins won’t trade Williams before the upcoming deadline, but that could change in the offseason. Garafolo says the Redskins’ rationale for waiting to move Williams is that getting something in return now isn’t going to much them much at this point, but after the season they will know where every team is picking in the 2020 draft.
Earlier in the week, Albert Breer reported that teams he’s spoken to that have expressed trade interest in Williams have been “stonewalled” by Washington and told he’s still not available.
Breer says it possible that things change over the next two weeks as we get closer to the trade deadline, but for now, it appears as though no deal involving Williams is in the works.
After firing Jay Gruden 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 Redskins and Williams as the news is available.