Why the Redskins Should Trade Williams

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By: Ryan Cooley

Trent Williams has made it abundantly clear that he does not want to play in Washington anymore. He has drawn the interest of a few teams (Patriots, Texans, Dolphins).

The front office has shown zero interest in moving Williams. Many fans have voiced their opinions on why Williams should not be traded.

Instead of clinging onto the hope that Trent all of a sudden has a change of heart, fans may need to hear why trading him wouldn’t be the worst idea.

Get compensation back while you can

Williams is 31 years old and may have two years left in his prime if he is lucky. He hasn’t played a full season since 2013, and injuries catch up to a player fast. If they were smart, they would move him now before his decline begins.

Adam Schefter believes that the seven-time pro-bowler is worth at least a first-round pick, if not more. If the Redskins can obtain a first-rounder or more for Willaims, I think they would be crazy not to take that offer.

One reason the Patriots are so successful is that they are not afraid to move on from players; everyone is replaceable. For an injury-prone LT at the age of 31, I believe a first-rounder is more than enough, especially since he doesn’t want to play for Washington anymore.

He does not want to come back

There are a couple of reasons why fans do not want to see Trent go. One is because they still have hope he will decide to come back. I have serious doubts that he will ever put on a Redskins uniform again.

Before signing with the Skins, Donald Penn spoke to Trent Williams. He will not say what they talked about, but after that discussion, Penn inked his name on a one year deal.

Even though Penn would not give out the details of the conversation, I highly doubt he would have signed if Williams said he intended to come back.

The second reason is that the Redskins will have a huge hole at LT. No one is sure who will start at the position come week one. It seems to be down to Christian or Penn.

I understand the concern of not having a good LT, but even if he is not traded, Williams has said he wants no part of this organization anymore. Regardless of a trade, the hole at LT will still be there.

It is the right thing to do

In the 2010 draft, the Redskins selected Williams with the fourth overall pick. Trent quickly became one of the best LTs in the game. He has stuck with this team through thick and thin and has never complained.

He saw a glimmer of hope with RG3’s rookie year, just to see it come crumbling down. Some players may have bailed after witnessing the collapse of what could have been a bright future. Williams did not, and in 2015 he stayed true to the burgundy and gold when he signed a five-year extension.

For all that he has put up with and done for this franchise, it is unfair to ignore his wishes. I believe giving him what he wants is the right thing to do.


Overall, I think Redskins fans need to accept the fact that Williams may never play another snap for this team. This is a sad situation, but at the end of the day, the NFL is a business, and you must treat it as such.

Even if Williams is dealt to another team, he will still go down as one of the greatest players to put on a Redskins uniform and will always be loved by fans. If Trent has played his final game with Washington, I want to thank him for sticking with the team for so long and giving the fans something to cheer for.

Trent Williams
PHILADELPHIA, PA – OCTOBER 23: Trent Williams #71 of the Washington Redskins enters the field to take on the Philadelphia Eagles during their game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 23, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)


Ryan Cooley
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Ryan is currently a communications major at the College of Southern Maryland. He is one of the biggest football fans you will ever meet. His favorite teams are the New England Patriots and Washington Redskins. Outside of the Patriots, he is just a fan of D.C. teams (Wizards, Caps, Nats).

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