Three Redskins moves that should only be April Fools jokes
1. Not trading Trent Williams before the 2020 NFL Draft
The Trent Williams saga has to come to an end. It’s time for both sides to move on, and at this point, the Redskins should be focused on taking the best offer available as they start to prepare for the 2020 NFL Draft.
While the team would love to get a second-round pick for Williams, it doesn’t seem like that is going to happen. But could they get a couple of third-round picks that will afford them an opportunity to move up in the draft? That sure seems possible and because of that, they should consider doing it.
The ‘Skins need to move on from Williams. He’s a talented left tackle, but he simply doesn’t want to play here anymore. He held out all of last season after dealing with a “medical scare” that was misdiagnosed by the team’s medical staff and while he talked to Ron Rivera this offseason, things just didn’t seem to go anywhere. Rivera wants players that are buying into the team, and Williams doesn’t fall into that category right now.
Williams wants an amicable split with the Redskins. The Redskins seem to be holding out hope that they can still get more than what they’ve been offered for him. The draft is in a few weeks, so they’re running out of time to get a deal done. They can wait a bit longer, but it’s probably best to rip the Band-Aid off and negotiate a solid return for their starting left tackle.
Considering that the Redskins offloaded Quinton Dunbar for the mere price of a fifth-round pick amid concerns about him buying in and wanting a new contract, it’s odd that they are continuing to hold out hope that they can get more for Williams. Maybe they’ll prove me wrong and Williams’ value will go up. But in a strong tackle draft class, it seems that the offers on the table now aren’t going to change much. So, hoping to negotiate more in return for Williams is wishful thinking.
The Redskins will probably trade Williams before the draft. But if they don’t, it’s going to be really awkward to have him around the team during the offseason since he doesn’t want to be here anymore. Keeping Williams for the 2020 season would be a bad April Fools joke. He’s had a great Redskins career, but it’s time for a new start for each party.