The Washington Redskins have had an ongoing situation with superstar left tackle Trent Williams. Before the start of the 2019 season, Williams began a holdout. At the time, no one really knew the reason behind it, but it appeared to be getting ugly.
Soon, it was revealed that Williams had issues with the staff. He did not trust GM Bruce Allen and had serious problems with the medical staff. The left tackle ended up sitting out the entire 2019 season.
Once Allen was fired at the end of the season, many believed that might open up a door for a reunion between Williams and the Redskins.
It appears that it did indeed make Williams more interested in returning to the team. He spoke with new head coach Ron Rivera and it looked like things were moving along.
Now we’re at the next chapter. And it looks like Williams is indeed ready to rejoin the Redskins. However, that comes with a stipulation. He wants a new contract. For Williams, it’s a new contract, or a new team.
#Redskins coach Ron Rivera says he’s had good talks with Trent Williams but sources tell me and @RapSheet there’s still work to be done on that front, as Williams has communicated to the team he wants a new contract or a trade. pic.twitter.com/SG7EYDmuNR
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) February 27, 2020
It makes sense that Williams wants a new contract. He is one of the best offensive linemen in the entire NFL. However, Williams will be entering the last year of his contract and will be 32 for the 2020 season.
That means this could be his last chance at a big long-term contract. So Williams will want to make sure he’s getting the most out of it. If the Redskins aren’t planning on locking him up, Williams will want to find a team that is.
With Rivera and company still getting settled in, they have a lot to figure out. That means giving contract extensions to players still under contract might not be at the top of the list. So this is something that might not be resolved for a few weeks.
Williams is elite, so the Redskins will definitely be interested in bringing him back. Things aren’t always that simple though. We’ll see where it goes from here.