Trent Williams’ tenure with the Washington Redskins was defined by seven Pro Bowl appearances in a dominating decade with the organization.
Unfortunately, it came to a culmination in an ugly way. Williams held out all of last season in hopes of landing a new contract. A rift with then-Redskins President Bruce Allen led to the future Hall of Fame tackle requesting a trade.
That became reality on Saturday with Washington dealing Williams to the San Francisco 49ers for two draft picks. Entering a contract year, most had figured that San Francisco would look to work out an extension with Williams before the trade was finalized. That wasn’t the case.
In making the trade official Saturday evening, 49ers general manager John Lynch noted that there’s no urgency to extend Williams ahead of the start of the 2020 season.
For fans in D.C., this might come as a bit of a shock given the contract stalemate that ended Williams’ career with the Redskins. Though, a change of scenery also changes the dynamic a bit here. There’s also time for the 49ers and their new left tackle to work out a new deal.
For San Francisco, the need at left tackle became clear behind the scenes. Fellow multi-time Pro Bowler Joe Staley announced his retirement after the Williams’ trade became public record. The 49ers now have another elite left tackle to call their own.
For how long? That remains to be seen.