The Redskins are discussing the possibility of trading away tackle Trent Williams as his contract holdout continues, according to The Athletic, which cited unidentified sources.
While it’s not clear what compensation Washington is looking for in a deal, “there’s a feeling around the league” that the Patriots would be interested, considering they don’t have much depth at the position.
The Redskins are having trade discussions regarding tackle Trent Williams, according to a source. Unclear what type of compensation they’d require in a trade. There’s a feeling around the league the Patriots would be involved due to depth issues at the position.
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) July 31, 2019
The report comes after the Redskins signed Donald Penn to a one-year deal amid Williams’ holdout. He reportedly told his teammates that he doesn’t want to play for the Redskins and has requested to either be traded or released unless he gets a new contract.
Williams has two more years remaining on his five-year, $68 million contract and hasn’t yet reported to camp. There’s also been speculation that his relationship with the team is fractured, though Redskins senior vice president of communications Tony Wyllie disputed those rumors earlier this week.
“That report is 100 percent false,” he said.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden addressed Williams’ absence last week, reiterating his focus is on the players that are at training camp.
“We know how we feel about Trent, how important he is to this team,” Gruden said (via ESPN). “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.”
Williams, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, hasn’t played a full 16-game season since 2013 due to various injuries.