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How the asking price for Trent Williams changed over time

How the asking price for Trent Williams changed over time

After months of turmoil, the Trent Williams' saga with the Redskins has come to an end. At the beginning of Day 3 of the 2020 NFL Draft, it was reported that Washington finally found a suitor for the disgruntled left tackle in the San Francisco 49ers.

In return, the Redskins received a fifth-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft and a third-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft. Was that the compensation the Redskins were hoping for all along?

A look back at the timeline shows how the desired return for Williams shifted over time. 

When Williams first began his holdout in the summer months of 2019, all the way up to March of 2020, trading the left tackle was not something Washington wanted to do. Though the veteran has consistently made it clear that his relationship with the team was fractured, the Redskins were not set on moving him. Ron Rivera even went as far as to say that Williams was still the Redskins guy when he took over as head coach.

That all changed on March 5 as the Redskins finally agreed to let Williams and his agent seek a trade, believing there was no other option but to get some return for a player who no longer wanted to suit up for them. At that point, the asking price for the Pro Bowl tackle started to become more clear.

It's important to note that the Redskins, like every other team in a similar situation, would have loved a first-round pick in return. Though Williams is more talented and polished than any first-round tackle would be, his age, injury concerns and desire for a new contract made it hard to see a team willing to make an offer of that nature. Therefore, a first-round pick was probably never a true asking price.

What the Redskins did want at first was a second-round selection in return for Williams. But as trade talks continued to stall, Washington remained level-headed. On March 25, it was reported that the only real stipulation in a trade was equal value in return. Whether that came in the form of picks or another player, the Redskins just didn't want to feel shorted.

Still, a reasonable trade didn't appear. As the 2020 NFL Draft approached, reports suggested that the Redskins were looking for Day 2 value in Williams, meaning a second or third-round pick. This stemmed from the belief that the left tackle was better than what could be drafted in the fourth-to-seventh rounds. The Vikings reportedly offered a Day 3 selection for Williams weeks before the Draft, which was a non-starter for Washington.

As the final day of the draft began, Washington was finally able to settle on a deal. The fifth-round selection in 2021 is not the value it wanted, but the third-round pick is close to it. Fans may be sour that a talent like Williams didn't command a more fruitful return. That's understandable, and the Redskins themselves would have loved to have at least a second-round pick in their pocket as they walked away.

However, Williams needed to be traded. In order to move on and really begin a new era of football, the left tackle could not be on the roster. That's finally done, and the Redskins have some compensation to go along with it.

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If the Redskins change their name, what does that mean for RFK Stadium?

If the Redskins change their name, what does that mean for RFK Stadium?

Check social media and there's a clear split between some Redskins fans that are thrilled about the team possibly changing their name while others are heartbroken. 

What Redskins fans agree upon is that the team needs a new stadium, and when the current lease at FedEx Field expires in 2027, whatever the team is called will likely be playing in a new facility.

But where will it be?

Well, assuming the Redskins do actually change their name, the talks with local governments about a new stadium will change dramatically. Washington owner Dan Snyder has publicly talked about wanting to return to RFK Stadium in D.C., but it's been made clear by numerous politicians that the Redskins won't get a new stadium deal done unless the name gets changed. 

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In the past that meant no stadium. That's changed.

With a new name, RFK could be back on the table. 

It also could mean Maryland and Virginia are able to re-engage with the organization on stadium talks. Both states have interest in a new stadium, and with all of the bureaucratic issues that come with the RFK site sitting on federal land, even with a new name it might still be easier to get a deal done with Maryland or Virginia. Or those states could offer sweeter packages. 

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Here's the truth: Politicians are fickle and go where the wind blows.

The Redskins name made a stadium deal hard for many politicians, and if the name goes, a deal gets easier. It removes a huge hurdle on a massive, multi-billion project, and fewer hurdles means faster progress. 

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How quickly can the Redskins change their name? Nike has something to do with it

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How quickly can the Redskins change their name? Nike has something to do with it

The Washington Redskins announced last week they are undergoing a "thorough review" of its team name and, in all likelihood, a name change is inevitable.

Last week, the organization faced a tremendous amount of public pressure from some of its largest corporate sponsors, such as FedEx, PepsiCo and Nike, to change the name. On Saturday, Washington head coach Ron Rivera said he hopes the team name is changed before the 2020 NFL season.

However, switching the name requires multiple steps, both legally and business-wise. According to CNBC sports business reporter Eric Chemi, a name change before the season is possible, but not without financial losses for some of those same sponsors pressuring Washington to make the move. 

"It's possible - if companies like Nike want to lose a lot of money on the gear they've already made," Chemi said. 

Chemi compared the situation to when athletes themselves decide to change their name and the fallout that comes from that. Companies like Nike and other jersey manufacturers have licenses that prevent players from changing their name or number right before the season.

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When former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson legally changed his last name to 'OchoCinco' in 2008, Reebok, the NFL's jersey manufacturer at the time, did not sell jerseys with 'OchoCinco' on the back for the rest of the year. For Reebok to sell Johnson's new uniform, the wideout would have had to purchase the estimated 100,000 'C. Johnson' jerseys remaining on store shelves in America, according to CNBC.

"We've seen that when athletes change their name, sometimes companies say 'No, we've spent too much money making jerseys with your name already on it,'" Chemi said. "Or, if you want to change your jersey number, 'Sorry, we need a one-year heads up on that.'"

We saw this most recently this past offseason in the NBA when Anthony Davis was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. Davis, who had worn No. 23 his entire career prior to the deal, was expected to be gifted that number by LeBron James, who planned to switch back to the No. 6 he wore when he was a member of the Miami Heat.

Davis was unable to get No. 23, as Nike prevented the switch from happening because it was past the March 15 deadline. Davis ultimately decided to wear No. 3 this season, with James keeping his original No. 23.

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Currently, there is still plenty of Redskins gear on store shelves across the country. Although Nike has removed Washington's gear from its website, the company still makes money when its product is purchased through the team or other manufacturers that sell Nike products.

Nike released a statement last Friday saying it was "pleased" that the Redskins organization was moving forward to change its name. And if the company is comfortable with losing money by having the name changed, Chemi believes it's a possibility it happens before the 2020 season.

"So, if they're willing to lose a lot of money on stuff they've already made, then sure, maybe they can go ahead in the next month and change the name."

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