The saga between Trent Williams and the Washington Redskins finally appears to be nearing a conclusion. Earlier this week, the Redskins gave Williams permission to seek a trade. One team that should pick up the phone and make an offer for Williams is the New York Jets.
Entering the offseason, there's no denying the fact that the Jets are desperate to bolster their offensive line. This past season, New York deployed an offensive line that featured Kelvin Beachum and Brandon Shell at their tackle positions.
With that being said, both Beachum and Shell struggled in 2019, allowing a combined 11 sacks between the two of them. Altogether, the Jets offensive line surrendered 52 sacks on their quarterbacks (fourth-most in the NFL).
Also, last offseason, the Jets signed Le'Veon Bell to a four-year deal worth $52.5 million. Despite Bell proving that he's still one of the best dual-threat backs in the NFL, there weren't many opportunities for him to succeed due to the lack of an offensive line. As a result, Bell had the worst season of his career, rushing for a career-low 3.2 yards per attempt.
Taking all of that into consideration, Williams would be a fantastic addition to a New York team in dire need of some aid in the trenches. In light of that, here is why Williams would be a perfect fit for the Jets.
Why Williams is a perfect fit
Prior to sitting out the entire 2019 season with the Redskins, Williams was one of the best left tackles in the NFL from 2010-2018. In his first nine seasons, Williams was a seven-time Pro Bowler and was a staple of Washington's offense.
Even though he sat out this past season, there's no reason to believe he can't return to his once-dominant form in 2020. Of course, with the Jets holding the No. 11 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, there's a probable chance they select one of the coveted offensive tackle prospects.
Regardless of whether or not they draft someone, Williams would give them some assurance at the left tackle position. Seeing that Sam Darnold is expected to be the future of the franchise, it's important to protect his blindside.
By adding Williams, Adam Gase would have more options in the offense with Williams' uncanny athleticism as an offensive lineman. Also, Bell flourished with the Pittsburgh Steelers when he was able to run outside the tackles. With Williams on the roster, New York could dial-up more plays that involve him getting out in space.
Above all, with Beachum hitting free agency, Williams would provide the Jets a veteran to replace him. The ideal scenario for New York this offseason would be to add two new tackles to the offense.
Of those two tackles, it would be perfect if the Jets were able to acquire Williams from the Redskins for a reasonable price.