The Patriots are apparently not looking to acquire Trent Williams.
A report surfaced Thursday the Patriots were willing to send a 2020 first-round pick to Washington in exchange for the disgruntled 31-year-old offensive lineman. According to the NFL Network, however, that is not the case and is “unequivocally not true.”
From what I understand, this is false. “Unequivocally not true” was the precise wording. So, carry on https://t.co/2S91yATSPX
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 22, 2019
ESPN added the Patriots “are not — and have not been — in the business of trading for” Williams and he’s “not on their radar.”
The Patriots are not – and have not been – in the business of trading for Redskins OT Trent Williams. They did not offer a first round pick for him. He’s not on their radar.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 22, 2019
The Redskins are reportedly telling opposing executives they are not planning to trade Williams, even though he has yet to report to the team. If he’s not moved, Williams’ holdout could last well into the regular season as a source told NBC Sports Washington earlier this week the tackle was “not coming back. Period.”
“I concentrate on the guys who are here right now,” Redskins coach Jay 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 picked 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.