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Trent Williams Trade Rumors: Redskins 'Open' to Offers; Want 2nd-Round Pick

Megan ArmstrongSenior Analyst IMarch 17, 2020

Trent Williams #71 of the Washington Redskins on the sidelines during the second quarter at Soldier Field on December 24, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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Trent Williams will not be back in Washington next season, but the team is still trying to find a trade partner for the 31-year-old left tackle.

"Washington continues to be open for a trade of Trent Williams," CBS Sports' Jonathan Jones reported on Tuesday. "I'm told it's not a rigid second-round pick, though. Team is willing to work with a potential trade partner."

Williams was granted permission to seek a trade on March 5:

Dianna @diannaESPN

And I can add Trent Williams is very happy about this opportunity to possibly get a fresh start with a new team... https://t.co/HDLqqYq7Di

That came after the seven-time Pro Bowler reportedly informed the franchise he wanted a new contract or a trade:

Mike Garafolo @MikeGarafolo

#Redskins coach Ron Rivera says he’s had good talks with Trent Williams but sources tell me and @RapSheet there’s still work to be done on that front, as Williams has communicated to the team he wants a new contract or a trade. https://t.co/SG7EYDmuNR

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported on Saturday that Williams' contract demands appear to be the snag in finding a new home:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

The #Redskins haven't dealt LT Trent Williams yet, and it appears his asking price on a new contract is more of an issue now than Washington's ask on trade compensation. https://t.co/2UUCy0ENei

Williams sat out all of last season. He held out through the preseason and into the regular season until officially reporting to the team in early October to salvage his salary for the year. The Oklahoma product never had an intention to suit up for Washington in 2019 after expressing extreme displeasure in how the medical staff handled a growth on his scalp that was eventually removed last year:

Jason La Canfora @JasonLaCanfora

Trent Williams issues with Skins are not financial at all according to numerous sources with knowledge of the situation. He's told teammates he has demanded a trade or his release from the club due to their handling of his recent medical situation. Has vowed not to play for them

Kareem Copeland @kareemcopeland

Trent Williams said it was a cancerous tumor on his head. Was first discovered 6 years ago but doctors told him it was minor. #redskins https://t.co/s47RHSCxVg

Kareem Copeland @kareemcopeland

Trent Williams said he almost lost his life. Was scary and still is. #redskins https://t.co/M5fXH3ikGa

JP Finlay @JPFinlayNBCS

Asked if he trusts the Redskins, Trent Williams says “there’s no trust.”

"Trent is excited to resume his Pro Bowl career with a team interested in a player of his stature. We really appreciate and respect Dan Snyder for the chance to seek another opportunity," Williams' agent, Vincent Taylor, told The Athletic's Ben Standig earlier this month. "This isn't about a contract, but time for a change of scenery."

Williams has one more year on his five-year, $68 million contract. Per Spotrac, he is owed $12.5 million in base salary in 2020. Indianapolis Colts left tackle Anthony Castonzo has the highest annual average salary in 2020 at $16.5 million.

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