Redskins LT Trent Williams “not coming back; period”, per report
By Ian Cummings
First, it was the holdout no one expected. Then it was the holdout no one expected to last.
Now, it seems as if the holdout of Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams could be here to stay, and it could ultimately end in the un-amicable divorce of a top-tier tackle and his long-time home.
There have been reports throughout the offseason that Williams’ holdout was not strictly contractual, and a few seldom reports, including one from NFL insider Jason La Canfora, have suggested that Williams’ holdout actually isn’t about money at all. It became clear that distrust in the team’s medical staff, distrust in the team’s ownership, and desire to win all served as potential factors.
NBC Sports’ J.P. Finlay recently brought to light a report that backs those findings. He tweeted an article in which a source is documented saying that Trent Williams “isn’t coming back. Period”. That source was presented as an unnamed individual who’d spoken with Williams face to face.
There are now two ways this can end, it appears. Williams isn’t coming back any time soon. But ultimately, until we hear from Williams himself, or a direct representative, it’s still unclear if his disdain with the organization is an absolute deal breaker. The relationship does appear severely fractured, but if it’s not absolute, a certain sum of money could heal the bonds enough to bring Williams back into the fold.
Such a proposition might involve making Williams the highest-paid offensive tackle in the NFL for three more years, which could prove costly if Williams’ prime leaves him in the process. It could be more cost-effective to trade Williams for assets, perhaps later when his value increases due to injuries across the league, then to draft his successor next year.
Of course, if Williams’ disdain is indeed absolute, as the brief quote from the article referenced above suggests, then this decision becomes much easier to make. The Redskins might be unable to wait on Williams, because Williams might be done waiting on them. Whatever the case, it seems as if we may have already seen the last of No. 71 in burgundy and gold.