Report: Redskins telling teams Trent Williams is not available via trade
Rumors have been swirling on social media this week that Trent Williams is close to being traded, but the Washington Redskins have apparently still shown an unwillingness to deal the All-Pro offensive tackle despite his continuing holdout.
Multiple teams have called Washington to inquire about potentially trading for Williams, and Albert Breer of The MMQB reports that they have been “stonewalled.” There has been no talk about compensation because the Redskins are simply telling teams Williams is unavailable.
Here's what I'd say on Redskins OT Trent Williams' trade value — asking price isn't high, because there really hasn't been an asking price. Teams I've spoken with that inquired have been stonewalled, told he's not available.
Maybe that changes over the next 13 days. We'll see.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) October 16, 2019
The Redskins seem to be in a classic stalemate with Williams. He’s under contract through next season and due to make $12.5 million in 2020, but Washington is 1-5 and clearly not headed for the playoffs. It makes little sense to hold Williams hostage rather than acquiring what would likely be a high draft pick for him, but team president Bruce Allen recently said there are no plans to trade the 31-year-old.
In addition to possibly being unhappy with his contract situation, Williams is said to be at odds with Washington’s medical staff over the way his health scare was handled during the offseason. The seven-time Pro Bowler will need to report to the team within the next few weeks to prevent his contract from tolling, but he will probably do everything he can to force a trade by the Oct. 29 deadline.