After placing offensive tackle Trent Williams on the non-football injury list, the team reportedly now plans to withhold the remaining $5.1 million base salary on his contract for the 2019 season.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Washington decided to withhold the money owed to Williams. It’s just the latest turn of events in the ongoing saga between Williams and the organization.
Washington is allowed by NFL rules to withhold Williams’ pay after placing him on the non-football injury. However, as Schefter notes, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Jason Pierre-Paul) and Los Angeles Chargers (Russell Okung) paid their players a portion their salary.
Williams reported to the team after the NFL’s trade deadline following his holdout, the result of issues with his contract and a lack of trust in the team’s medical staff.
He later revealed that he was diagnosed with cancer previously and the team “did nothing about it.” After the team asked the league for an independent investigation, the NFL Players Associated blasted the team and the NFL Network for reporting “misinformation” about Williams.
Now Washington’s regime is taking the latest step against Williams by withholding the money he is owed under his contract. Following the latest turn in the ongoing drama, which continues to make the organization look worse, the NFL world reacted to Washington’s latest misstep.