Trent Williams reveals he had cancer, Redskins misdiagnosed it
Williams didn’t want to play without guaranteed money
The debate about the main motivations behind Williams’ holdout raged on throughout the offseason. Some thought he just wanted more money. Others thought it had to do with the medical staff.
Well, it turns out it was both.
Another tweet from JP Finlay confirms that Williams didn’t want to be playing without guaranteed money on his contract. And part of the reason for that? Alex Smith’s injury and the team’s poor history with medical issues.
Again, it’s easy to understand why Williams would want this protection. He’s a 31-year-old player who has dealt with knee injuries in recent seasons. And given that the medical staff couldn’t even diagnose his cancer, there’s no reason to trust that they would properly be able to help him rehab from injuries.
And this sentiment that Williams put out there has been proven time and time again in recent seasons. The Redskins have routinely had 20-plus players on IR and while injury occurrences can’t necessarily be controlled, rehab can be. Colt McCoy was supposed to be out for 4-6 weeks after he broke his leg late in the 2018 season. That turned into almost 10 months on the sideline. That’s unacceptable.