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Redskins OC makes public plea for Trent Williams to return

Trent Williams, Redskins

The Washington Redskins aren’t being subtle with Trent Williams anymore. The team wants their left tackle back, and offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell made that clear in a recent interview with Craig Hoffman of 106.7 The Fan.

“There’s no doubt if, Trent, you’re out there and you’re listening, man, we’d love to have you back as soon as possible,” O’Connell said.

Williams is one of the best left tackles in the league, but he’s been holding out from the Redskins and has no plans to report anytime soon.

Williams is reportedly not happy with his contract, but he also has issues with the team’s medical staff over how they’ve handled injuries of his.

“There’s no denying that and every Redskin fan out there knows that he’s an elite player,” O’Connell said. “Obviously, nobody wants him back more than me. I’m right up there with every other guy walking in the halls of this building right now, we want him back badly.”

To help brace for the loss of Williams, the Redskins went out and signed veteran tackle Donald Penn. While emphasizing that the team wanted Williams back, O’Connell also expressed confidence in the guys currently in the building.

“But we feel good about the depth that we have over there on that left side. It’s still sorting itself out, both at the guard position and the tackle position.”

Penn is capable of filling in, but he isn’t anywhere near Williams’ level. Washington’s offensive line has been decimated by injuries the past couple of years, and if they want to keep Case Keenum or Dwayne Haskins upright, they’ll need Williams.