The Redskins placed left tackle Trent Williams on the Non-Football Injury (NFI) list on Thursday, meaning his 2019 season is over.
So, what exactly does it mean to be placed on the NFI? Here you go.
The NFI list is very similar to the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, but in order for said player to be eligible for the NFI list, the sustained injury must have occurred away from the team. The Redskins fourth-round pick, Bryce Love, is currently on Washington's NFI list. He is still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered while at Stanford.
Williams had multiple medical procedures this past offseason to remove a cancerous growth on his skull. The 'injury' was not football related, meaning No. 71 is eligible for the NFI.
When and where a player's injury occurred is not the only difference between the NFI and PUP. Players placed on NFI have much different salary implications than those on PUP.
Placing Williams on the NFI list means the Redskins are not responsible to pay his base salary in 2019. Why is that? Well, the belief is that a team should not be financially responsible for an injury suffered away from the team.
Had Williams reported prior to Week 1, his base salary would have been $10.85 million in 2019. By holding out for eight games, he has significantly reduced his base salary for the remainder of the season. The remainder of his base salary for 2019 is $5,947,242, according to Sportrac.
Although his medical situation was a primary reason for holding out, Williams did admit that not playing with any guaranteed money remaining on his current deal (which expires after the 2020 season) had an impact on his decision.
Williams' current contract expires after the 2020 season, but the left tackle must be on full pay status for six or more games in order for the season to accrue towards free agency. It does not look like that will be the case for Williams.
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