Left tackle Trent Williams enters a unique situation with the 49ers.

He is showing a whole new set of teammates in training camp the reasons he was a seven-time Pro Bowl player during his up-and-down time in Washington.

“He’s been an unbelievable guy to work with over the last two weeks or so,” 49ers right tackle Mike McGlinchey said. “Even just in walk through, you get a little jaw-dropped by how smooth he is and how much of an athlete he truly is at his size.”

The 49ers acquired the enormous and enormously skilled Williams in a draft-day trade to replace All-Decade left tackle Joe Staley, who had already informed the team he was retiring. Williams played his first four seasons in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. Shanahan was the offensive coordinator in Washington on the staff of his father, Mike.

“And it’s going to be cool to pick his brain over the next couple weeks going through training camp once live bullets start flying and seeing him back in action,” McGlinchey said of Williams.

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Williams comes to the 49ers after being part of, perhaps, the most dysfunctional organization in professional football.


A year ago, he revealed the team’s medical staff botched a diagnosis of a cancerous tumor on his head. Williams held out through training camp and the early part of the season as he sought a trade. He reported to the team in October, after the trade deadline, and was later placed on the non-football injury list. He never stepped on the field during the 2019 season.

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McGlinchey said Williams fits in perfectly with the 49ers’ culture.

“We are grown men, but we act like little kids a lot of the time,” McGlinchey said. “We have a lot of fun and we have the ability to compete with each other at all times and fly around and there’s just a charge of energy that’s inside our building and it just keeps getting more and more.

“Trent has been exposed to that for the first two weeks now, and it’s kind of a re-ignitor to the career that he’s had, and it gives him a new excitement for what we’re able to do.”