Trent Williams is racking up fines, and he isn’t bothered one bit.
The Redskins’ starting left tackle and team captain hasn’t been in camp yet and his being fined $40,000 for each day he misses as camp enters its second week. Multiple reports suggest Washington is trying to use fines as a means to get Williams to return, but an unidentified source told told ProFootballTalk that Williams “doesn’t care” and hopes to be fine-free once the team trades him.
The seven-time Pro Bowl player has asked for a new contract and is dissatisfied with how the Redskins medical staff handled a tumor he had surgically removed from his head over the offseason. When his demands weren’t met, he asked for a trade, an option Washington has explored.
Williams has two years remaining on his $68 million contract, but Washington signed offensive tackle Donald Penn to a one-year deal amid Williams’ holdout.
There’s likely no replacing a player of Williams’ caliber at this point, but the Redskins may be forced to make a trade if his poor relationship with the staff is unsalvageable. There is belief that the Patriots, who lost Trent Brown to the Raiders in March, could have interest in acquiring Williams.
Washington coach Jay Gruden has remained hopeful that the team can retain its leader up front.
“I concentrate on the guys who are here right now,” Gruden told ESPN last week. “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 were 7-9 in 2018 and missed the playoffs. They are still looking to name a starting quarterback for 2019.