Best potential Trent Williams trade partners for Redskins to look into
The Bengals are another team with a young quarterback that needs some offensive line help. Well, at least they’re about to have a young starting quarterback with upside on their roster. It’s all but official that they’re going to select Joe Burrow No. 1 overall but if they do, they’ll need to effectively protect him.
The Bengals tackle situation was, in a word, bad last season. Jonah Williams missed his rookie year with a shoulder injury. Cordy Glenn also missed a good chunk of time dealing with foot and ankle injuries. He only played in six games for the Bengals and now, they are rumored to be interested in trading him.
Even with Jonah Williams set to return, the Bengals still could, and should, have interest in Trent Williams. Their right tackle situation wasn’t very good last year either as Bobby Hart manned the position. Hart wasn’t awful, but he’d be better served as a quality swing tackle moving forward as opposed to a starter. And last year’s swing tackle, John Jerry — a converted guard who had to play out of position with Glenn and Williams hurt — is set to be a free agent and shouldn’t be re-signed as a tackle anyway.
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If the Bengals traded for Williams, they could roll with a Williams/Williams duo on the outside and perhaps the Alabama Williams would be an upgrade on the right side. That would move Hart into a more natural swing tackle backup role and would ensure that the Bengals have a solid plan in place on the outside. Then, they could focus on upgrading their interior offensive line with some other picks.
The Bengals have the first pick in the second round (33rd overall) and could also dangle Glenn as trade bait. Glenn is in the final year of a five-year, $60 million contract but will only have a non-guaranteed $9.5 million cap hit in 2020. He’d be a nice stopgap option on the left side for the Redskins and at the worst, he’d be a quality swing tackle option who could kick inside to guard if necessary.
Perhaps if the Redskins like Glenn enough, they would trade for him in addition to a Bengals third-round pick in 2020. And there would maybe be an additional future pick or early Day 3 pick involved in the swap too, but I could see this working for both sides.