The drama is finally over. What was once a cornerstone piece of the organization, is now a member of San Francisco 49ers.
Left Tackle Trent Williams was traded to the Bay Area for what appears to be a fifth-round pick in 2020 and a third-round pick in 2021. For what has been an issue that has prolonged for over a year, both the team and player have now found a resolution. Williams last played for the Washington Redskins in week 17 of 2018.
— NFL (@NFL) April 25, 2020
Williams has actively seeked trade partners since he was granted permission from the team in mid-March. Early reports suggested that he drew interest from the Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots and the New York Jets. However, his market began to fade as early tackle prospects were selected in the first and second round of the the NFL Draft.
In fact, a deal was in place for Williams’ services from the Minnesota Vikings, however an 11th-hour opt out was facilitated by William’s agent, Vincent Taylor.
The latest on Trent Williams: Washington was close to a deal with Minnesota earlier on Friday, but it fell through. Other teams remain interested in Williams, including San Francisco. But, as has been stated often this week, the 49ers' interest is tied… https://t.co/mqpcSOg8tn
— John Keim (@john_keim) April 25, 2020
Some have suggested that Trent Williams’ contract demands hampered his market. Informed sources have shared that he wants a contract that tops right tackle Lane Johnson’s 18M annual salary. The Redskins anticipated a second-rounder in return, but settled for less.
Now, Williams will become a member of the 2019 NFC Champions. Williams will reunite with Kyle Shanahan, the offensive coordinator that oversaw him during a surprising 2012 Division Title and 2015 playoff appearance. Kyle’s father, Mike Shanahan, had a heavy hand in Williams’ selection in the 2010 NFL Draft. In fact, it was his first draft pick with the organization.
Here’s what helped set into motion the Trent Williams’ trade: six-time Pro Bowl and All-Decade OT Joe Staley is expected to retire due to health concerns, per league sources. The 35-year-old Staley wanted to inform the 49ers in a timely way to help find a replacement. They have.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 25, 2020
Williams was selected fourth overall by the Washington Redskins in 2010, and has produced for the organization. He leaves the team as seven-time Pro Bowler, former captain, and one of the faces of the organization. His talent is undeniable, however he has not played a full 16-game season since 2013. He has also had several off-the-field issues in terms of violating the NFL’s Player Conduct Policy. He is slated to replace team stalwart, Joe Staley, at the left tackle position.
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