Trent Williams claims he was ready to return to the Redskins last season
Former Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams held out at the start of the 2019 season, partially because he still fumed over the team’s misdiagnosis of a cancerous growth on the top of his head.
However, Williams said he might have returned to the team had he not failed a physical after reporting to the team after the October trade deadline. Williams was apparently awaiting a new helmet when the Redskins placed him on the reserve/non-injury list, shelving him for the remainder of the year.
The Pro Bowler said he would not have been able to resist the desire to play (via Adam Maya of NFL.com):
“The competitive juices started to flow, so I was really prepared to make my return last year,” Williams said. “I know all of the things that had went on and just being in that facility, being around teammates, being around the guys you fought with and bled with for some many years. It was almost impossible for me to fight the urge not to just want to get back on the field. I was literally waiting on my new helmet to come in. I was getting ready to kind of gear up and it was going to be somewhat of a surprise to some, but I think for the people who know me best they know how competitive I am.
Regardless of whether Williams played last year, the two sides seemed destined for a breakup this offseason. Williams was allowed permission to seek a trade, and the Redskins ultimately sent him to the San Francisco 49ers.
After years of toiling with the Redskins, Williams will make his return to football as part of a Super Bowl contender in the Bay Area.