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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.

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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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NFL, EA Sports agree to six year extension of Madden video game franchise

NFL, EA Sports agree to six year extension of Madden video game franchise

The Madden franchise will continue to be a part of the gaming universe for at least the next six years.

NFL owners on Thursday approved an extension of their deal with Electronic Arts, continuing a relationship that has existed for 30 years. It was also recently approved by the NFL Players Association.

The current contract was set to expire after the 2021 season. The extension means that EA Sports will continue to be the league's exclusive publisher of football simulation games through 2026.

EA Sports Executive Vice President Cam Weber said both sides had been talking for months. Many wondered what the future of the relationship might be after 2K Sports signed an agreement with the NFL in March to produce non-simulation games.

The current edition of Madden has seen a 30% increase in unique players. According to Electronic Arts, more than 330 million hours of the game have been played since it was released last August. The company has also seen large increases in gameplay during the past couple of months as people have been confined to their homes because of the coronavirus pandemic, with many tournaments taking place among friends and on television.

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Rachel Hoagland, the league's vice president and head of gaming and esports, said keeping the Madden franchise at the core of their video gaming strategy was important, especially with the emergence of new platforms and gaming systems. Sony and Microsoft have announced new generations of gaming consoles that are expected to debut by the end of the year.

"EA has done a nice job of ensuring the game matches the experience during a game week. The new technology will allow richer content and add more realism," she said.

Madden NFL 21 will come out in early August with the first looks at the game coming next week. 

Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes was last year's cover athlete. Baltimore quarterback and reigning league MVP Lamar Jackson said in April that he would be on the cover this year, but EA Sports has not made an announcement.

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EVER WONDER: How John Madden helped turn Ron Rivera into Riverboat Ron

EVER WONDER: How John Madden helped turn Ron Rivera into Riverboat Ron

John Madden’s influence on professional football can hardly be measured. He won a Super Bowl with the Raiders in 1977 but for multiple generations he’s the name behind perhaps the most influential sports video game in the world.

For Redskins fans, however, Madden might mean something way more important.

After two decades of struggles and a disastrous 3-13 campaign in 2019, the Redskins hired Ron Rivera in January. The former Panthers coach has one of the best reputations in the NFL, and a helluva nickname in Riverboat Ron. 

The nickname has quite a backstory (see the video above) but it's not without merit. When Rivera first took over as head coach with the Panthers, his teams fought hard, but often came up short. 

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After meeting with Madden and reviewing game tape, Rivera decided to press the gas. The story is pretty incredible. 

"It was 4th and 1 and we kicked a field goal, he said. And I said it put us up by six. But then they came down, scored a touchdown. kicked the extra point and beat us what could you have done differently? He says, Well, I could have gone for it on fourth down. He said absolutely! So you’ve played enough football, you’ve got a good football team. Go with your gut instinct. I said, well, I was just going going by the book. He looked at me, said Ron, what book? So there’s a whole book about baking those types of decisions, those decisions are made by guys that have experience and understand the
game. The guys played the game because of coached the game just like you have. Use your gut experience. Use your intuition. You have enough of it. You know how to do it. And so I’ve kind of kept that mentality going into my third season and got into a couple of fourth down situations and said, you know what, if we can do it here, man, we can keep it rolling. And essentially, because when I did it for the first time with our offense and we converted, they came to the sideline and a bunch of em said man, thanks for believing in us, coach. And the realization that, OK, I got it. I got it."

As his profile grew across the NFL during his tenure with the Panthers, Rivera’s charitable work gained more and more coverage. That’s when the Riverboat Ron nickname came to matter most, and the best part was Rivera's daughter came up with the idea. 

"Everything that we do with this, we do it for charity with the proceeds going to a specific charity, whether it be the USO, the Veterans Bridge homes in Charlotte, the Humane Society or the Ronald McDonald House. We really try to take care of it, but we also try to use it for it for for good."

At multiple points this offseason the new Redskins boss has talked about how he’s better prepared to build his team, his staff and his organization the second time around. Much of his success the first time around came after meeting with Madden, and learning to be more aggressive when the situation calls for it.

The second time around?

Rivera is already Riverboat Ron.

Who knows what happens next. 

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