Answering the biggest questions about Redskins potentially trading Trent Williams
Which teams might be interested in Williams?
Frankly speaking, most teams would be interested in adding a franchise-caliber left tackle to their squad. Of course, because Williams is 31, he only seems likely to draw interest from contenders. And Williams would probably want to play for a contender if he leaves Washington.
Here’s a look at a handful of teams that could benefit from targeting Williams.
Houston Texans. The Texans have one of the worst offensive lines in the league, and it could cost them big-time. Deshaun Watson was sacked a league-high 62 times last season, and that’s unacceptable.
To fix their issues on the line this offseason, the team signed Matt Kalil (a bad blocker), overdrafted Tytus Howard in the first round of the NFL Draft, and selected Max Scharping in Round 2. That doesn’t exactly inspire a lot of hope. If the Texans were to dangle a second-round pick and another late-round pick, they could potentially get Williams, who would be a massive upgrade at left tackle for the squad.
Cleveland Browns. The plan this offseason was for the Browns to have Greg Robinson and Desmond Harrison compete for the starting left tackle job. Well, that didn’t go as planned. Harrison was waived by the team for showing up late to team events, so they only have Robinson now. Williams would be an ideal blindside protector for Mayfield and would push Robinson into the swing role he’s better suited for. Plus, getting Williams would offset the loss of top-tier guard, Kevin Zeitler.
Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings would have to get creative with their cap space to add Williams, but never underestimate teams’ ability to create space to add talent. Williams would be an upgrade at left tackle and could allow the Vikings to move Riley Reiff to right tackle, strengthening two positions in one fell swoop. Perhaps offloading the expiring contract of Trae Waynes to another team while offering up a Day 2 pick for Williams could get the job done.
New England Patriots. Right now, the Patriots have Isaiah Wynn and Marcus Cannon penciled in as their starters at the tackle positions. But Wynn has been somewhat limited in camp and former undrafted free agent and journeyman Dan Skipper has taken a good chunk of the snaps in his place as a result. Yodny Cajuste is likely to start the year on the NFI list, so the Patriots need some tackle depth. Williams would give that and more.
Williams’ presence would allow the team to bring along Wynn, who missed his rookie season with an Achilles tear, as a top swing tackle and super-sub on the offensive line. That could be beneficial for his development. It’s all just a matter of whether or not Bill Belichick would want to pay the price for a guy like Williams.