Redskins reportedly want Day 2 picks if they trade Trent Williams
The Washington Redskins’ relationship with Trent Williams seems to be trending in a positive direction. But if thing can’t be fixed, the Redskins would want second-day picks if they trade him.
Last year, it seemed that Trent Williams had played his last game for the Washington Redskins. The veteran tackle refused to play during the 2019 campaign due to an ongoing feud with Bruce Allen and the team’s medical staff in relation to a misdiagnosed issue that led to a medical scare for Williams.
But lately, things have seemed more positive. Ron Rivera is now calling the shots along with Kyle Smith. And the medical and training staffs have been shuffled as well. That has led Rivera to have some conversations with Williams about returning, and it seems that an agreement could be reached between the two sides.
That said, if things fall apart, the Redskins have an idea about what they’d like to land in a Williams trade. According to WalterFootball.com’s Charlie Campbell, they’d want a couple of Day 2 picks, much like what the Houston Texans go in the Duane Brown deal a few years ago.
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"Fences have been mended to a degree by new head coach Ron Rivera, but it still is possible Williams could be traded. Some with Washington want to keep him, while others at the organization think he should be traded. If the Redskins do move Williams, they would want to get second-day draft picks in return for the veteran tackle.The Redskins would want a draft-pick package similar to the Texans trade that netted them a third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and a second-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft for left tackle Duane Brown. Former Texans general manager Rick Smith was able to get two picks in the deal, and the Redskins would want something similar."
That would certainly make sense, and the Brown trade is one that I’ve pointed to as a starting point for a Williams deal on numerous occasions.
Of course, the team would probably rather keep Williams at this point — Campbell acknowledged as much in his latest article — and it’s unclear if any team would be willing to offload that much for Williams. After all, he didn’t play at all last season and has recently battled knee injuries, so those are a couple of issues for teams to sort through.
It also doesn’t help the ‘Skins that this is a quality tackle class. Had they been willing to trade Williams ahead of the 2019 NFL trade deadline, they probably would’ve had a shot at landing this type of return at the very least, as a number of teams fighting for playoff positioning could’ve used Williams.
The bad news is they didn’t do that thanks to Bruce Allen. But the good news is that the team may now have a shot at keeping Williams and drafting a mid-round tackle option to become his eventual successor.
We’ll see what ultimately happens with this situation, but as mentioned earlier, things seem to be trending in the right direction. They may not have to trade Williams at the end of the day, but at least the front office is seemingly properly valuing him if they are forced to make a move.