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A Browns expert doesn't see Cleveland offering a first-rounder for Trent Williams

A Browns expert doesn't see Cleveland offering a first-rounder for Trent Williams

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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Charlie Weis is adamant Redskins shouldn't settle in any Trent Williams trade

Charlie Weis is adamant Redskins shouldn't settle in any Trent Williams trade

Trent Williams' days with the Redskins are likely numbered, as the longtime left tackle was given permission to seek a trade by the organization last month.

The 31-year-old held out for the first half of the 2019 season after Redskins team doctors misdiagnosed a cancerous growth on his head for nearly six years. Williams reported just minutes before the trade deadline, but was placed on the Non-Football Injury list and did not play a snap last season. Despite major organizational changes in Washington this offseason, Williams no longer believes he has a future in the nation's capital.

As the effort to find a fair trade for Williams continues, former Notre Dame head coach and NFL offensive coordinator Charlie Weis does not believe the Redskins should settle for anything less than a second-round selection in return.

"Maybe you pick up a [second round pick] for him," Weis told NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay on SiriusXM radio. "He's definitely worthy of it. I don't know if anyone will pay it, but he's definitely worthy of it."

If the Redskins are unable to move Williams in the next couple of weeks, a trade for the seven-time Pro Bowler during the NFL Draft at the end of the month could occur.

There are several teams that need offensive line help, the Redskins included, that will likely target the position in the draft. The 2020 class is top-heavy at offensive tackle, as there is a major dropoff after the four top prospects at the position.

While all four of those left tackles -- Iowa's Tristan Wirfs, Louisville's Mekhi Becton, Georgia's Andrew Thomas, and Alabama's Jedrick Wills -- are expected to be first-rounders, Weis believes the current Redskins left tackle is the superior player of them all.

"Well, I can tell you, from [researching] those prospects and doing Trent Williams, Trent Williams is better than all of them," he said.


Weis mentioned that once all four of those players are off the draft board, teams that have yet to solve their left tackle issues will likely become desperate. That's when a team could up their ante to the Redskins and offer a second-round pick.

Williams may be the better player right now than every left tackle prospect in this year's draft, but teams may value the soon-to-be-rookies a lot more than him. Williams turns 32 in July and has not played a full 16-games season since 2013. While he's been one of the best left tackles at his position for years, he certainly comes with durability concerns.

Whichever team does end up trading for Williams will have to deal with another dilemma: his contract. The 31-year-old has one year remaining on his deal worth around $15 million, but has zero guaranteed money left.

Simply put, he wants a new contract. Multiple reports have stated that Williams wants to be the highest-paid left tackle in the sport, which would result in a contract of over $20 million annually.

The left tackle's contract demands are something Weis believes will make teams that have left tackle issues more likely to invest a draft pick in a top prospect at the position, rather than trade for the better player currently in Williams.

"This isn't a question of who's better. It's just that they're a lot cheaper," Weis said. "The salary cap definitely comes in to play."

The NFL Draft is less than two weeks away, but there's certainly a lot to figure out regarding Williams in the meantime.

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Here's another example of the hype surrounding Chase Young's NFL potential

Here's another example of the hype surrounding Chase Young's NFL potential

If you want a solid indicator of the hype surrounding Chase Young, try this: The pass rusher's name is already on the list of guys getting odds to be the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 2020, despite, you know, him not being in the NFL yet.

Young comes in as a decent longshot for the award at 50/1, according to, but the fact that he's in the mix before even knowing where his career will begin certainly shows the kind of potential people believe he has.  

Consider these points:

  • Of the 79 players on BetOnline's list, only Young and Isaiah Simmons haven't taken a pro snap yet. Simmons, the Clemson linebacker/safety/basically-everything-but-a-kicker, checks in at 150/1. 
  • The Ohio State star has the same odds as Byron Jones, Calais Campbell, Chris Jones, DeForest Buckner, Jaylon Smith, Preston Smith and Richard Sherman. Those seven have been to a combined 14 Pro Bowls. 
  • You'll find Young's name ahead of reputable veterans such as Marcus Peters, Marshon Lattimore, Earl Thomas, Fletcher Cox and Yannick Ngakoue. There's another 18 Pro Bowls right there.

Now, are those enormous expectations for a soon-to-be 21-year-old? Sure.

But are those enormous expectations easier to understand once you, for example, read how Young "possesses superior traits and the ability to wreck and alter offensive game-plans as a perennial All-Pro"? Also sure.

The Redskins should very well have their chance to nab Young later this month at the draft, and if they do, they'll be hoping he can secure some individual hardware during his time in the Burgundy and Gold.

The above odds signal that hardware could come rather quickly, too.