Redskins' Trent Williams Has Reportedly Demanded Trade or Release from Team

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJune 5, 2019

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 22:  Trent Williams #71 of the Washington Redskins plays against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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Washington tackle Trent Williams has reportedly demanded to be traded or released due to the organization's "handling of his recent medical situation" and has "vowed not to play for them," according to NFL reporter Jason La Canfora

Per that report, Williams' issues with the team "are not financial at all." 

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported Tuesday that Williams was seeking a new deal, noting it was "huge when he signed it, but the market has shifted greatly."

Williams has two years and $24 million remaining on his contract.

Tom Pelissero @TomPelissero

#Redskins coach Jay Gruden won’t go into specifics on Trent Williams’ absence, but acknowledges it’s not here and it’s about “the business side of football.” Calls him the best tackle in pro football and says they want him back in the worst way.

JP Finlay @JPFinlayNBCS

Had a league source tell me Trent Williams is "severely underpaid." At the same time, the source said he doesnt expect the Redskins to move much, if at all https://t.co/1rhxPo3XWo

But if his issues aren't contractual in nature and are indeed due to medical concerns, it's fair to question which situation he feels Washington mishandled.

According to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, "A couple months ago, news broke that Williams had a benign tumor or growth removed from his head. Not a lot has been reported about exactly what happened, but Williams is apparently not satisfied that he got adequate medical care from the team. Williams has also had knee, thumb, and rib injuries."

JP Finlay @JPFinlayNBCS

I believe this is the only official conversation about Trent Williams medical situation this offseason. From Jay Gruden media session at the Combine. https://t.co/RaQZ5Ft8dk

Losing Williams would be a huge blow for Washington. The seven-time Pro Bowler appeared in 13 games for Washington last season, earning a grade of 74.1 from Pro Football Focus, good for 21st amongst tackles.

According to PFF's Henry Buggy, "Over the last three regular seasons (2016-2018), Williams has graded out as the NFL’s third-best left tackle (89.1). He trails only David Bakhtiari and Joe Staley over that span, beating out notable players like Andrew Whitworth and divisional rival Tyron Smith."

Washington doesn't have to trade or release him, of course, and can attempt to weather the storm, hoping to keep him in place for rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins. But if Williams is hell-bent on leaving the organization, it would seriously downgrade the team's offensive line.