Reports came out on Tuesday that Trent Williams wanted a new contract and if he didn’t get one, he wanted out. However, that story took a drastic turn Wednesday when new reports said Williams had no interest in a new contract. He instead wanted out altogether, whether by trade or being released.
Williams was upset about how the medical staff handled his recent health scare. The medical staff is already taking a lot of fire due to the Skins having 47 players on IR in the past two seasons. This situation does not help their case.
This demand has left many fans panicking and scratching their heads. This offseason, many wanted the Redskins to address the LG position. However, now they have a bigger hole at LT if Williams has played his last game in a Redskins uniform.
The Redskins drafted Williams with the fourth overall pick in 2010. He quickly established himself as one of the best LTs in the game. In 2015, he signed a 5 year/ $68,000,000 contract.
Many Redskins fans will say letting go of Williams is a massive hit to the team. While I won’t disagree with that, there are some reasons why it wouldn’t be the end of the world.
His career is coming to an end sooner rather than later
Offensive linemen tend not to have prolonged careers. Father time usually catches up with them around the age of 32. Since Williams will be 31 at the start of the season, there is a good chance he could take a step back.
Many great O linemen have seen a significant decline around this age. Anthony Munoz began his decline at 32 and ended up retiring at 34. Jonathan Ogden retired at 33. Orlando Pace started to his fall at 31 and retired at 34. Williams may only have 1-2 years left in his prime if he is lucky. Like it or not, his time is coming to an end regardless of what team he is playing for.
He can’t stay healthy
While Williams has been a great lineman for the Redskins, he has always lacked in the durability department. The Skins are used to playing without him. He has yet to play a full season since 2013. In the past three seasons, he has missed 13 games. As players get older, it becomes difficult for them to keep their body in pristine condition. This leads to a higher risk of injury.
They could get some value if he is traded
While the Redskins won’t get a first, second, or probably even a third for Williams, they could still get some value. Between Williams demanding the trade, his age, and his history of injuries, they do not have a lot of leverage.
Nevertheless, if they manage to obtain a mid-round pick and a young player to develop, it can prove valuable. If the Redskins do decide to move on from Williams, I would much rather see it done by trade rather than just releasing him.
Overall this is yet another bad look for the Redskins. Many people, including myself, believe they have had a successful offseason to this point. However, this, without a doubt, puts an ugly cloud over their accomplishments thus far. If we have seen the last of Williams in a Redskins uniform, I wish him nothing but the best. I sincerely thank him for all that he has done and had to put up with in his time in the nations’ capital.