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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Report: Relationship between Trent Williams, Redskins not salvageable

Trent Williams

Trent Williams released a statement through his agent this week ripping the Washington Redskins for not giving him an opportunity to play for another team, and that apparently was not merely an attempt from the All-Pro tackle to secure a new contract.

ESPN’s Dianna Russini spoke with sources on both sides of the rift between Williams and the Redskins, and she was told the relationship cannot be salvaged. While there was initially some hope that Williams and new head coach Ron Rivera could smooth things over, it doesn’t sound like Williams has been all that thrilled with how Rivera has handled the situation, either.

Russini added that Williams respects Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and does not want the relationship to be tarnished permanently. Williams and his representatives found a team that was interested in a trade after receiving permission from Washington, but both sides are blaming the other for no deal getting done.

Williams has reportedly asked Washington for an absurd amount of money, but that does not mean he expects another team to pay him that. He is almost certainly just making financial demands that he knows the Redskins won’t meet, thus making them more likely to move on from him.

There was some optimism that Williams may be open to playing for Washington under Rivera, but the issues the Pro Bowler had with the team’s medical staff are not going to just disappear. Another lengthy holdout could be coming if the Redskins refuse to trade or release Williams.

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