Redskins OT Trent Williams has had positive discussions with Ron Rivera
Washington Redskins coach Ron Rivera and disgruntled star Trent Willaims have had positive discussions, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. This is only the first step towards the two sides making things work. It still has a long ways to go, but this is a positive development.
A potentially significant development for the #Redskins: Franchise LT Trent Williams & new coach Ron Rivera have touched base for what sounded like a positive conversation, I’m told. The next step would be for Williams to come in to visit, but the two sides are now communicating.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 11, 2020
Williams missed the first eight games of the 2019 season before reporting to the team. He ended up reporting to the team right before the trade deadline and told the media he had a rare form of cancer that the Redskins misdiagnosed. The Redskins ended up putting him the non-football injury list and he never returned.
Most believed that Williams was holding out because of his frustration with the team, but former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann told the Redskins Talk podcast that he actually believed the reason for the holdout had to do with money.
“At his age, how much do you give him? What can you get for him?” Theismann said via Ethan Cadeaux of NBC Sports. “Those are decisions that they’re going to have to make in the front office.”
Rivera said before the Super Bowl that the team needed to get Williams in before really evaluating what his role could look like with the team.
“We got to get Trent in, we got to sit him down, see where he is, see how he is, healthwise too. We have not really had the contact we need to have to know,” Rivera said via JP Finlay of NBC Sports.
This is a story that could heat up in the next few weeks and months, and one that Redskins fans will be following closely.