Trent Williams reportedly didn’t want to play for the Vikings
The Trent Williams saga will carry on beyond Friday night after the Redskins failed to trade him during the second day of the 2020 NFL Draft.
It really seemed like the Washington Redskins were moving closer to a Trent Williams trade a couple of days ago. Alas, nothing has materialized during the first two days of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Despite rumors that teams like the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, and Minnesota Vikings were interested in Williams’ services, the disgruntled tackle has stayed put in Washington.
However, the latest rumors seem to indicate that there’s a chance that he could’ve gotten a chance to go to the Vikings. And instead, he decided that he didn’t want to go there. And as a result, the Vikings selected Ezra Cleveland and moved on from their pursuit of Williams.
This was reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport late Thursday night (or early Friday morning) after the draft’s third round had concluded.
Frankly, that’s hard to believe. If Williams wants out of Washington so badly, why wouldn’t he jump at an offer to get himself out? Maybe he doesn’t want to be dealt unless he’s getting an extension, but even still, there’s little reason for him to turn down a trade at this stage in his holdout/tiff with the team. Unless maybe he believes there’s a better chance that he could get an extension with the Redskins? But that seems highly — and I repeat highly — unlikely at this point in time.
We’ll soon see if there’s any more traction on a Williams deal. But for the time being, it looks like he’s going to be with the Redskins beyond this weekend. As unwelcome as an extension of this spat between the two sides would be, perhaps Williams’ value would increase if a win-now team suffered an injury at tackle and needed a proven, short-term replacement option. So, that may give the team a chance to get a little more value in return for Williams.
For now, we do what we’ve been doing for months as the Williams saga has unfolded. We wait and see if there will be a resolution and what that resolution might be.