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Redskins star LT Trent Williams granted permission to seek a trade

Trent Williams, Redskins

The Washington Redskins were hoping that the hiring of Ron Rivera would convince Trent Williams to stay, but their efforts were for naught. According to ESPN’s Dianna Russini, Williams has been granted permission to seek a trade.

Following the 2018 season, Williams was discovered to have a tumor that was located on his head. Despite it being non-cancerous, Williams was disappointed in the way the situation was handled with Washington’s medical staff.

As a result, Williams chose to remain away from the team for the entire 2019 season. Even though the veteran left tackle wanted to be traded or released, the Redskins refused to grant his wish. However, with a new regime in place, Washington began discussing options with Williams; including remaining with the Redskins.

For Williams, he supposedly wants a lucrative extension if he is to continue playing in the nation’s capital. On the other hand, the Redskins are unwilling to budge despite having enough money to pay him.

Minus this past season where he sat out, Williams spent nine years with the Redskins. In that span, Williams made the Pro Bowl seven times and was one of the most dominant left tackles in the NFL.

With the lack of options in free agency, Williams will undoubtedly draw interest from tackle-needy teams. Also, a move for Williams could be dependent on what the Redskins are asking for him.

At the same time, Williams hasn’t been able to play an entire season since 2013. His recent injury concerns coupled with him turning 32-years-old this year are reasons why the Redskins are wary of signing him long-term. But after trying to make things work, Rivera and company realize it’s best if both sides go their separate ways.