Best potential Trent Williams trade partners for Redskins to look into
Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers don’t have much at the offensive tackle position right now. Russell Okung was their best offensive lineman before they agreed to a smart trade that will send Okung to Carolina and bring Trai Turner to Los Angeles. Turner plays guard, but he is five years younger than Okung and comes cheaper. So, that has to be seen as a win.
But the Chargers still need help on their offensive line. And now, they have a pretty glaring hole at left tackle. Trent Scott would be left as the starter out there for the time being. Scott started some last year and the 26-year-old from Grambling had trouble in that role. He could improve, but the Chargers may want someone more proven and less raw than Scott and former third-round pick Trey Pipkins.
That’s where Williams would come in. He’d be a natural replacement for Okung. They actually were selected in the same 2010 draft class and played at Oklahoma and Oklahoma State respectively. Both were in the running to be the top tackle off the board, but Williams ultimately edged his counterpart.
And at the pro level, Williams has been the better player. Both have played well and dealt with injuries, but Williams has been consistently better. And if he’s fully healthy, he should be a minor upgrade over Okung and will protect whoever starts at quarterback for the Chargers next season well.
The Chargers have the 37th pick in the draft. If they’re worried about landing a tackle at that point if they’re planning on taking a QB early, getting Williams would be a smart move for them. And given that they have nearly $50 million in cap space, they should be able to afford an extension for Williams.