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Report: Redskins allowing Trent Williams to seek a trade

Jesse Reed
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The Washington Redskins appear resigned to the fact that seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams does not want to return to the franchise. According to Dianna Russini of ESPN, the team has given him permission to seek a trade.

Williams has been disgruntled with the franchise due to the way the medical staff handled an emergency situation that ultimately required surgery to remove cancerous growths from his scalp. Last year, before he finally reported to the team, many reports emerged indicating he never wanted to play for Washington again.

He is also entering the final year of his current contract, which includes zero guarantees, and has reportedly asked for a new long-term deal or a trade.

After Washington hired Ron Rivera as its next head coach, there was some hope that he could convince Williams to return to the team after he spent the entire 2019 campaign off the field. That, apparently, is not going to happen.

When healthy, Williams is one of the league’s best left tackles. An extremely athletic big man, he should garner trade interest if he can show he’s ready to contribute in 2020. He’s clearly working hard to achieve that goal.