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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Report: Redskins will not trade Trent Williams during season

Trent Williams

The Washington Redskins have received numerous trade inquiries regarding Trent Williams over the past few months, but they still have no intention of trading the All-Pro left tackle — at least not yet.

The Redskins feel that trading Williams now would benefit them no more than trading him after the season, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. They also would prefer to wait until the offseason so they know where the exact draft slot is of any pick they would be acquiring in a Williams trade.

As Garafolo noted, Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey has made repeated attempts to engage the Redskins in trade discussions for Williams. However, the Browns are among the teams that have been told there will be no deal at this time.

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.

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