Redskins Rumors: Multiple Trent Williams Trade Inquiries Rejected by Washington

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 13, 2019

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 16:  Trent Williams #71 of the Washington Redskins blocks against the Indianapolis Colts at FedExField on September 16, 2018 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
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The Washington Redskins communicated to prospective suitors they don't intend to trade offensive tackle Trent Williams, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Schefter reported that "teams repeatedly have called about Williams," but Washington "hasn't flinched" regarding the seven-time Pro Bowler.

Whereas most holdouts are almost exclusively centered on financial matters, Williams' absence is a multifaceted situation that goes beyond his current contract.

Williams is signed for two more seasons and will earn a little over $23.3 million in base salaries. One could argue he's underpaid since his $13.2 million average salary ranks seventh among left tackles, per Over the Cap.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported in July the 31-year-old had lingering frustration with Washington's medical staff regarding the "growth or tumor" doctors discovered and subsequently removed from his head.

JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington spoke to a source who said Williams is "not coming back." Finlay also explained how offering him a new contract may not resolve matters:

"Sources explained that the situation is not all about money, rather his contract status along with the series of allegations that the seven-time Pro Bowl tackle has lost faith in the team's front office and medical staff. Still, money might be the only way to fix the holdout.

"A reported plan that Washington could fine Williams enough for missing practices so that he would hurry back and report was 'funny.' Williams has made nearly $100 million in his career, and the threat of fines that could reach up to perhaps $500,000 are of small consequence to the veteran left tackle, sources explained."

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Washington's desire to keep Williams is understandable.

The team opens the regular season Sept. 8 against the Philadelphia Eagles, leaving little time to figure out a contingency plan for the offensive line.

Because Williams' issues are out in the open, his trade value may not be all that high, either. Just as the Redskins are waiting Williams out and trying to call his bluff, opposing general managers could take the same approach in negotiations.

As Finlay wrote, it would appear Williams' holdout will continue to drag on as the season approaches.

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