Redskins coach Jay Gruden doesn’t believe the team will move Trent Williams.
The 31-year-old offensive tackle has held out of the entire preseason so far and Gruden was asked Monday if he still thinks the team will not consider dealing Williams before it faces the Eagles in Week 1 action Sept. 8.
“Yes, I still feel that way,” Gruden said (via Washington station 106.7 The Fan). “Very strongly, yes.”
The Redskins have reportedly told opposing executives they’re not planning to send away Williams. If he’s not moved, Williams’ holdout could last well into the regular season as a source told NBC Sports Washington earlier this month the tackle was “not coming back. Period.”
“I concentrate on the guys who are here right now,” Gruden told reporters at the start of training camp (via ESPN). “We know how we feel about Trent, how important he is to this team. We expect him here shortly. Right now, there are some things he has to work out individually, personally, with his agent … whatever that may be. Love Trent, love what he’s done for this franchise and this team.”
The Redskins originally selected Williams out of Oklahoma with the No. 4 pick in the 2010 draft. He has started 119 games and made seven Pro Bowls during his nine-year career, which has all been spent with Washington.
Williams has two seasons remaining on the five-year, $68 million extension he signed with the Redskins in August 2015.
The Redskins signed veteran Donald Penn to a one-year contract in late July after Williams did not report to camp.
Gruden named quarterback Case Keenum Washington’s starter for Week 1 last weekend.