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Trent Williams has 'no ill will' toward Washington Football Team

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After the messy divorce between Trent Williams and Washington earlier this year, it would be understandable if the left tackle was a little more animated for Sunday's matchup between his new team and his former club.

But as Williams explained to NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco, that's not the case at all.

"There is no ill-will towards Washington," Williams said on the 49ers Talk podcast. 

Last season, Williams expressed his desire to leave Washington after saying team doctors misdiagnosed a cancerous growth on his head for several years. After several twists in the saga, he was eventually traded to the San Francisco 49ers on Day 3 of the 2020 NFL Draft in exchange for picks in the third and fifth rounds.

Although Williams lost trust in the organization, he still maintained a close relationship with several of his former Washington teammates. Sunday's game will be the first time Williams links up with many of them in person since he was traded.

"I'm actually just happy to see those guys," Williams said. "Just like I love those guys in this locker room, I had that same bond with those guys in that locker room for the last 10 years. I'm just happy to see those guys."

The left tackle specifically mentioned Morgan Moses, Brandon Scherff and Chase Roullier as three players he's looking forward to catching up with.

Williams shared an offensive line with all three of those players for multiple years and the seven-time Pro Bowler feels he played a big role in the development of each one of them. When he gets the time, Williams tries to watch all three of them and see how they are performing.

 

"I watch them as much as I can," Williams said. "Individually, I'll watch to see how guys are coming along. I always keep a close eye on Morgan Moses, Brandon Scherff, Chase Roullier, you know, the guys who I felt I had an instrumental part in having them develop. It's hard to look at them in any other way."

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Moses is enjoying a career year for Washington, while Scherff has been a Pro Bowl-caliber player for many seasons, too. Roullier has started all but two games for Washington over the past three seasons and is one of the league's best centers, according to Pro Football Focus.

Sunday will provide a unique perspective for Williams, but one he's sure looking forward to.

"I'm going to compete like I do anytime we go onto the football field," Williams said. "It'll be cool competing against a lot of guys I used to compete with."