When coming up with what the Redskins can possibly get in return for Trent Williams, many bring up a 2020 second-round pick, since the team currently doesn't have one.
But wait, you may say. You're telling me the absolute best the franchise could do for this longtime superstar is a Day 2 selection? Why not aim for a first-rounder?
That's not an unreasonable stance to take, either. Williams has flaws and comes with risks, sure, but he also can anchor an offensive line for another handful of years if things break right.
So, if the market for No. 71's services heats up like Washington surely hopes it does, it wouldn't be a complete shock if someone eventually offered their first-round choice for him.
Just don't expect the Browns, one of the most logical suitors for Williams, to reach that level of compensation.
"I don’t think that they would give up the first round, the No. 10 overall pick," Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot told the Redskins Talk podcast in its newest episode. "The decision on that would be: do they trade whatever it would take to get Trent or do they use the No. 10 overall pick on the new tackle?"
Cabot noted that this year's draft class is rich on left tackle prospects, and as she stated, it'll be up to them to decide if they're more comfortable calling to land Trent Williams or trying to find the next Trent Williams. Either way, she doesn't see them parting ways with their premium April asset.
"I do think it would be more like a second, another pick, a player, something along those lines if they start talking parameters of the deal," she said.
Now, for anyone that starts talking paramaters of the deal, the key thing to figure out is how much they're willing to pay the 31-year-old. He wants a new contract and some serious commitment from his next employer, meaning that employer has to weigh how much to give the Redskins for Williams in addition to how much to give Williams to agree to play for them.
The Browns, according to Cabot, are at least financially flexible enough to fit him in on their roster.
"As far as the money is concerned, yes, I do think they have the money to pay him, although they do have some very big paydays coming up in Myles Garrett and Baker Mayfield," she said.
So, Cleveland should be able to afford him, have a need for him and have already had conversations with Washington in the past about acquiring him. However, it sounds like any future conversations between the two clubs won't include the Browns' 2020 first-rounder. That, at least for now, seems unlikely.
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