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Why Adrian Peterson did not like 49ers' trade for Trent Williams

Why Adrian Peterson did not like 49ers' trade for Trent Williams

Few people are more important in a running back's life than his offensive line. For Washington running back Adrian Peterson, one of those special people had been Trent Williams for the past two seasons Peterson had been in the nation's capital.

Now that the 49ers swooped in and acquired Williams for two draft picks, Peterson isn't thrilled about losing the seven-time Pro Bowl selection.

“I didn’t like the trade,” Peterson said. “Obviously, I feel like Trent is the best offensive lineman in the game.

“I was hoping that there’d be some good ending.”

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With Joe Staley announcing his retirement in late April, it took less than 24 hours for 49ers general manager John Lynch to find a replacement in Williams, who some experts see as an upgrade to Staley.

Peterson seemed to feel Williams' absence in 2019, as nearly all of the former All-Pro running back's numbers declined while Williams was out of the lineup. The left tackle held out for the first half of the season due to past medical issues, before being placed on the non-football injury list after failing a physical upon his return. Williams was given permission to seek a trade in March.

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Washington was able to close the loop on a year-long beef with Williams, but Peterson clearly is concerned about the void at tackle for his offensive line.

Deebo Samuel and the 49ers offense, on the other hand, have to be licking their chops with Williams joining the fold.

49ers' Ben Garland details hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro after Super Bowl loss

49ers' Ben Garland details hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro after Super Bowl loss

It’s a 20,000-foot hike to the top, but Mt. Kilimanjaro has been a place for climbers to knock an adventure off their bucket list since the first record of such a feat occurred in 1889. For 49ers offensive lineman Ben Garland, he not only made the trek, but made history in the process.

Back in February, Garland became the first active NFL player and military reservist to reach the peak in Africa.

He also did it for a good cause and detailed his trip in a diary. 

Working with the Waterboys was originated by the Chris Long Foundation which brings clean water to communities in need, ESPN’s Nick Wagoner wrote. It raised more than $205,000 which went toward the trip itself and putting two clean water wells in Tanzania with a population of about 57 million not having access to clean water. 

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The group that included NFL defensive end Lamarr Houston, water advocates, ESPN radio host Mike Golic Jr. and military veterans, all began their trip in the Serengeti where they saw plenty of African wildlife and got to experience an authentic well ceremony and school visit.

Garland called it a life-changing experience and would be happy to return to Africa to hit his ultimate goal of providing more than 1 million people with clean water.

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Trent Williams explains why 49ers were his ideal trade destination

Trent Williams explains why 49ers were his ideal trade destination

Seven-time Pro Bowl selection Trent Williams had a lengthy feud with his former team in Washington for how they handled treatment of what ended up being a cancerous growth on Williams’ head. He refused to report to the team in training camp and demanded a trade in March before eventually finding his way to the 49ers in a deal made on the final day of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Williams now says the 49ers always were high on his list of potential trade destinations, as he was made aware during the season that longtime Niners left tackle Joe Staley might be hanging up his cleats after the 2019 season.

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“I knew there was a possibility, but it was just kinda on the back burner until that situation kind of played out,” Williams told NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. “I kinda just kept close tabs on it, because obviously that was my No. 1 destination.

“That’s where I wanted to be, so once it started to play out and the rumblings started to grow that he might not return, that’s when all the focus started to shift back to the 49ers."

Staley announced his retirement on Day 3 of the draft, with the Niners acquiring Williams for a pair of draft picks from Washington just hours later.

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Williams easily can slide in and take Staley’s spot at left tackle, with young right tackle Mike McGlinchey now entering his third season in the NFL on the other side.

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo likely had some concern about losing Staley’s leadership and expertise at the tackle spot, but the Niners might have gotten him an even better left tackle if Williams can return to his previous form.