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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Redskins reportedly will not pay Trent Williams remainder of 2019 salary

Trent Williams

The relationship between Trent Williams and the Washington Redskins appears to be getting worse by the day, and the team clearly is not planning to make an effort to earn back the trust of the All-Pro offensive lineman.

Washington announced on Thursday that they have placed Williams on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list, which is a way to keep him on the roster without having to release him. It also gives the team the option of not paying Williams for the remainder of 2019, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Field Yates reports that they are taking that approach.

Williams already forfeited half of his $11 million salary by not showing up for the first eight games of the season, so he will now go the entire year without making any money. He could actually lose money, as the Redskins can fine him for the mandatory practices he missed during the offseason.

The biggest question now will be whether Williams’ contract will toll for next season. The 31-year-old is under contract to make $12.5 million in 2020. If his contract tolls, that would keep him with Washington for two more seasons, as he would not get credit for this season toward his contract.

Williams has made it crystal clear that he does not intend to ever play for Washington again, and he shared some more details about the negligence of the team’s medical staff this week. It’s still possible that the Redskins could trade him during the offseason, but they obviously don’t feel the need to smooth things over with him in the meantime.

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