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Trent Williams Trade Rumors: Eagles Not Interested in Redskins OL Despite Report

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistApril 23, 2020

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 26: Trent Williams #71 of the Washington Redskins walks off the field at the end of the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 26, 2015 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

The Philadelphia Eagles are reportedly not interested in a trade for Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams heading into the 2020 NFL draft, which starts Thursday night.

A source told Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk there's "zero truth" to rumors about Philly's interest in Williams.

"He will not be traded to the Eagles," Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network reported. "I'd put my life on it."

The updates come after Les Carpenter of the Washington Post reported Philadelphia was one of four teams, along with the Cleveland Browns, New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings, at the forefront of the Williams trade talks.

ESPN's John Keim reported in March, when the Redskins gave the tackle's representatives a chance to seek out trade partners, the organization believed "money was at the root of Williams' displeasure" despite him saying how the team handled his medical condition was the chief factor.

"I'm just happy this situation seems to be heading towards an end," Williams wrote in a text message to Keim.

The 31-year-old Texas native sat out the entire 2019 season while at odds with Washington. He'd earned seven straight Pro Bowl selections from 2012 through 2018.

Vince Taylor, Williams' agent, released a statement to ESPN three weeks after the Redskins allowed them to research a potential trade:

"Despite its knowledge of the irreconcilable differences, Washington was unable (or unwilling) to negotiate a trade of Williams. The team then gave Williams and his representatives the right to seek trading partners. Williams' representatives provided the team with trading options, but the Redskins have shown no interest in negotiating in good faith, and, in fact, have given inconsistent demands on what it wants in return for a trade."

JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reported the team was seeking more than the second-round pick that had been reported in the rumor mill to move the stalwart tackle.

The Browns have always made the most sense on paper. They have a glaring need at left tackle, possess a league-leading $39.1 million in salary-cap space and own the No. 41 overall pick (the ninth choice in Round 2) that could serve as the foundation of a trade offer.

ESPN's Josina Anderson reported Tuesday that Cleveland's interest in Williams is "still on the table," but no deal was "imminent" in the days before the draft.

The second round doesn't take place until Friday night, which gives the Browns and other interested teams an extra day to work on potential packages for the 2015 second-team All-Pro.

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