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10 teams that would want to trade for Trent Williams

10 teams that would want to trade for Trent Williams

Week 2 has come and gone, and the Redskins best player is nowhere to be seen.

Left tackle Trent Williams has given the Burgundy and Gold no indication that he will return to the team anytime soon, continuing a holdout that has gone on for months

NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay believes that if Trent Williams wanted to play for the Redskins, he would have returned by now. Williams clearly doesn't. With no end in sight, and Washington off to an early 0-2 start, the Redskins should seriously consider trading Williams.

Here are 10 teams that could be interested in dealing for the 31-year-old tackle.

1. New England Patriots

The Patriots inquired about Trent earlier this summer, even reportedly offering a first-round pick at one point. The Redskins didn't budge. 

Washington should probably call New England back. New England's starting left tackle, Isaiah Wynn, suffered a toe injury during Sunday's victory over Miami and is listed as week-to-week. The second-year pro has already proven to be injury-prone, as he missed all of 2018 with a torn Achilles. 

Trading for Williams would shore up the left tackle position as the Patriots look primed to defend their Super Bowl title.

2. San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers are off to a surprising 2-0 start but were given some bad news following their victory on Sunday. Left tackle Joe Staley will likely miss the remainder of the season with a broken leg. 

San Francisco's head coach Kyle Shanahan may have bad blood with the Redskins, as he and his father had an ugly divorce from the Redskins following the 2013 season. But if he comes calling, and with a reasonable offer, Washington should listen.

3. Cleveland Browns

For the first time in years, the Browns are supposed to contend for a playoff spot. They've already shown initiative to go all-in for 2019, trading for star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and pass rusher Olivier Vernon this past offseason. 

But one position they could surely use an upgrade is at left tackle. Since future Hall of Famer Joe Thomas retired following the 2017 season, the left tackle position has been an issue. Greg Robinson hasn't proven to be the answer. The Browns may lack draft capital, but they should reach out to Washington about unloading future assets to shore up their current need at left tackle.

4. Minnesota Vikings

Riley Reiff is not a bad left tackle. But he's certainly not a good one, either.  

Vikings QB Kirk Cousins is at his best when he's given time to throw in the pocket; improvising when pressure is coming has never been his strong suit. Playing in a division with the Bears and Packers, two very good defenses, Minnesota could definitely use an upgrade protecting Cousins' blindside. 

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bruce Arians has been given the task to turn around the Buccaneers franchise. Having a cornerstone left tackle speeds up that process dramatically.

Current left tackle Donovan Smith signed a three-year, $41 million extension during the 2018 offseason. But he's largely underperformed, and with Arians now at the helm, don't be surprised if he makes a splash, should Tampa Bay be willing to part with some of their draft capital.

6. Oakland Raiders

Jon Gruden's squad committed a hefty amount of money to right tackle Trent Brown this offseason, but left tackle remains a whirlwind for the Raiders. Kolton Miller currently holds the spot, but the former first-round pick has had an up-and-down start to his career.

Should Gruden want to improve the position to a much steadier (and a lot more talented) Trent Williams, he should call his younger brother's franchise.

7. Miami Dolphins

To be blatantly clear, this is a very unlikely scenario. This would have made sense a month ago when they reportedly first inquired about Williams. But since then, they've traded away three of their best players -- Laremy Tunsil, Kenny Stills, and Minkah Fitzpatrick -- as they fully embrace the tank.

8. Houston Texans

Like Miami, this would have made a lot more sense a month ago. But over Labor Day weekend, the Texans paid a hefty price with the Dolphins to acquire their left tackle, Laremy Tunsil, as well as wide receiver Kenny Stills.

Still, the Texans have one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL. If they can muster enough to pry Williams away from Washington (remember, Houston doesn't have a 2020 first-round pick), they must do it, for the sake of Deshaun Watson's health if nothing else.

9. Los Angeles Chargers

Russell Okung is out for the immediate future with blood clots. Trent Scott has been manning left tackle duties for the Chargers in the meantime, but he's no long-term solution. Williams would be a significant upgrade over those two.

With running back Melvin Gordon, like Williams, continuing to holdout, the two teams could inquire about a potential swap. That's an offer the Redskins would at least be forced to contemplate, especially with the Burgundy and Gold's struggles in the running game thus far in 2019. 

10. Arizona Cardinals

In Kyler Murray, the team invested their future in a 5-11, 207-pound quarterback who is dynamic with both his arm and his legs. But even someone with Murray's abilities will struggle to be successful in the NFL with the offensive line the Cardinals currently have in place.

While they may not have the assets (giving up their first-round pick in 2020 is not a realistic option while rebuilding), trading for Williams makes a lot of sense for solely football reasons. Those alone could force Kliff Kingsbury to get creative in finding a way to pull Trent away from DC. 


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Alex Smith could make 'interesting' battle for QB practice reps with Dwayne Haskins

Alex Smith could make 'interesting' battle for QB practice reps with Dwayne Haskins

Training camp should be a major opportunity for Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins to get a lot of work with new offensive coordinator Scott Turner and the new playbook, but if Alex Smith is healthy, the reps for Haskins might shrink.

"The biggest thing we’ve got to do is not make sure we’re divvying up the reps as evenly as possible, but we divvy up who they work against. This could be a very interesting challenge for us because of QB Alex Smith. If Alex is healthy and continues to get healthy and we do activate him, he’s going to be in the throes of this competition," head coach Ron Rivera said on Monday. 

The Washington Football Team drafted Haskins 15th overall last year, only after Smith suffered a broken leg in November 2018. Rivera wasn't around for either of the decisions to draft Haskins or trade for Smith, but now the new coach gets to try and solve the QB riddle in Washington. 

Haskins struggled as a rookie in part because he didn't get much practice work with the first team offense. It was obvious how little Haskins knew of the offense and his offensive teammates when he first got on the field in Week 4 last year. Some of that might have been self-inflicted, regardless, Haskins needed the work. 

Now in his second season, Haskins got exactly zero team drills in this offseason due to Coronavirus. None. 

So, with what should be the most important training camp of his young professional career, Haskins again might face another hurdle in the return of Smith. 

Smith deserves tremendous accolades for his recovery after 17 surgeries and intense infection in his leg. But is Smith getting back on the field the best thing for a young Washington team trying to rebuild?

Haskins is 23. Smith is 36.


Haskins has tremendous potential, Smith has already proven he can produce.

Haskins has started seven NFL games. Smith has started seven NFL playoff games. 

Considering all of that, Haskins should get the most work of any Washington passer.

Take note that Rivera didn't say the reps needed to be equitable, but rather the level of competition. Haskins needs more reps than Smith or Kyle Allen.


Smith has been in the NFL since he was drafted first overall in 2005. Allen started 13 games for Rivera and Turner in the last two seasons. Haskins hasn't even been through a padded practice with Rivera and Turner. 

It makes total sense to get Allen reps against the first-team defense. He needs to be prepared. And should Smith get medically cleared to be back on the field against a defense, he should get some of those reps too. Washington needs to see what Smith has left if he actually gets cleared for football.

Still, Haskins should get the majority of that work. He needs it, and Rivera needs to see what he has in the former Ohio State star. 

Smith's recovery is an incredible story, but Rivera's plan in Washington is a long-term rebuild to put together a consistent playoff team. That means getting Haskins on the field as much as possible. 

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Peter King says cutting Derrius Guice was the 'right call' by Ron Rivera

Peter King says cutting Derrius Guice was the 'right call' by Ron Rivera

After Derrius Guice was arrested on domestic violence charges Friday, the football world's eyes were fixated on the team's response to the allegations.

Facing a critical decision before his first season as Washington's head coach, Ron Rivera ultimately released the former second-round pick. Guice then went unclaimed on waivers

NBC Sports' Peter King was one of those individuals paying close attention to Washington's response to the allegations against Guice following a Washington Post story detailing sexual misconduct by several front-office executives. His take on Rivera's decision? It was the only decision to make. 

"I think that was a good first move, and the only move, Ron Rivera," King wrote in his Football Morning in America column. "Cutting Derrius Guice when the weight of evidence suggested domestic violence by the 2018 second-round running back. With everyone looking to see how the organization would react to any domestic issues after the behavior in the organization documented by the Washington Post, the franchise did the only thing it could do when the heinous behavior Guice was accused of in Virginia was made public.


"In this climate, it was impossible for Washington to allow the legal system to run its course," King said. "This was the right call."

Washington's backfield is in a tough spot following Guice's release. The hope in 2020 was for him to become a featured back after his first two seasons in the league were marred by injury. Rivera will now have to lean on an aging Adrian Peterson again and two rookies who've had limited experience at the position. 

But those issues aren't the worst problems to have. Rivera and Washington were under pressure to make the right decision, and in King's eyes, they did. 


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