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'It is not the contract': Agent for Trent Williams places blame for lack of trade squarely on Redskins

'It is not the contract': Agent for Trent Williams places blame for lack of trade squarely on Redskins

After releasing a statement earlier this week in which he claimed the Redskins aren't negotiating in "good faith" as they try to trade his client, Trent Williams' agent further explained his issues with the team in a Thursday radio interview. 

While on with 106.7 The Fan's Grant & Danny, Vince Taylor was most adamant about one thing: a move hasn't happened yet because Washington isn't executing their part of the transaction. According to Taylor, Williams' reported desire to land more money and more security isn't what's acting as a roadblock. 

"The contract has never been the hold up," Taylor told the hosts during a 20-minute interview.

The agent explained that the real reason Williams is still in Burgundy and Gold is because the franchise is being inconsistent in what it's searching for in return for him.

"We have had legitimate trade partners with our side being ready to go, our deal is in place," Taylor said. "The Redskins have changed their ask from day to day. One day it's this, the next day it's that."

Taylor used the word "frustrated" to describe he and Williams' current mood, and that frustration has really increased since the NFL Combine.

Per Taylor, the Redskins weren't able to find and present one offer to the agent while they were in Indianapolis, a place where the entire league is together and plenty of discussions happen. In fact, he claimed that two teams even called him to inform him that the organization was demanding an "outrageous" and "absurd" package in exchange No. 71.

In a Wednesday story for NBCSportsWashington.com, JP Finlay reported that the Redskins are seeking the value of a second-round pick — meaning they have their eyes on a second rounder, or two thirds, or a pick and a player, for example — in any swap involving Williams. That doesn't necessarily seem outrageous, though.

As for what kind of relationship, if any, has developed between Williams and Ron Rivera, Taylor told 106.7 that things started poorly there. Rivera apparently chose to meet with then-free agent Greg Olsen before Williams and overall took at least 45 days to contact Williams, which "didn't really sit right" with the Pro Bowler.

"As his representative, I reached out to the club," Taylor recalled. "'Hey, what's going on? Trent would like to know when would Ron call him? When could they have a conversation?' I may have called three or four times before we were given a message that he would reach out to Trent at some point."

When the meeting eventually did happen, it wasn't the kind of interaction Williams or his representative were expecting.

"He goes in to meet, to hopefully have a reconciliation, to go have a conversation with Ron," Taylor said. "And, in speaking with him, he realizes there is no relationship. Ron, in essence, wanted him to prove himself."

To close out the interview, Taylor again circled back to his main point: Williams' current employer has had "ample opportunities" to complete a deal but hasn't yet, and the fault lies solely with them.

"Trent could've been traded over a week ago," he reiterated. "That ball has never been strictly in our court."

"What's more important for Trent is to just move on with his career. At some point in his life, he would love to come back and be in the Ring of Honor," Taylor finished. "He loves the fans, he loves the area."

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Roger Goodell releases statement condemning racism, admits NFL was wrong not listening to players

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Roger Goodell releases statement condemning racism, admits NFL was wrong not listening to players

Over the past couple of weeks, several athletes and many others have made their voices heard on the racial injustices in America following the death of George Floyd.  A number of NFL stars released a joint video statement late Thursday evening, requesting the league to speak up more on the matter.

The NFL had previously released a statement last Saturday expressing condolences to the families of Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, but it didn't speak on the racism that black Americans are constantly faced with.

On Friday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell issued a strong response to his players, condemning racism and admitting the league was wrong in not listening to its players earlier.

"We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people," Goodell said. "We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest."

Below is a transcript of Goodell's entire statement:

It has been a difficult time in our country, in particular, black people in our country. First, my condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and all the families that have endured police brutality. We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people. We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the National Football League, believe Black Lives Matter. I personally protest with you and want to be a part of the much needed change in this country. Without black players there would be no National Football League. And the protests around the country are emblematic of the centuries of silence, inequality, and oppression of black players, coaches, fans, and staff. We are listening, I am listening, and I will be reaching out to players who have raised their voices, and others on how we can move forward together for a better and more united NFL family.

These issues were first brought to the NFL forefront in 2016, when ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled for the national anthem as a way to peacefully protest and raise awareness for racial injustice in America. Kaepernick has not played a snap since he parted ways with the 49ers following that season.

Redskins running back Adrian Peterson said Friday that he, along with many of his peers, plan to kneel for the anthem when the season returns this fall.

Goodell's statement, which directly addressed police brutality and racial injustices in America, is a sign the NFL is moving in the right direction regarding these issues.

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WATCH: Ron Rivera returns to Redskins Park for first time since March

WATCH: Ron Rivera returns to Redskins Park for first time since March

For the first time in over 11 weeks, head coach Ron Rivera and several members of the coaching staff returned to Redskins Park on Friday.

The Redskins' video crew documented the staff's return to the Ashburn facilities, as the team had several safety precautions in place for the coaches when they arrived.

In the video, you can see Rivera and several staff members go through a temperature check, making sure each one of them was healthy enough to report. There video also showed there are plenty of hand sanitizer stations throughout the lobby of the facility, too.

Additionally, everyone shown in the video was wearing a mask, including a pretty sweet custom one for the head coach.

Rivera's mask featured the head coach's signature 'Riverboat Ron' logo, which is also his profile picture on Twitter.

Friday marked the first time in almost three months that Rivera was allowed to report to the Redskins facilities, as the league sent out a memo to all 32 clubs on March 19 that all facilities must close due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The NFL announced on May 19 that teams were allowed to reopen facilities should state and local regulations allow it, but head coaches were not permitted. Earlier this week, the league finally allowed head coaches to return as early as Friday. 

The league has yet to announce a date when players are allowed to return to team facilities. As it stands now, only those players who are injured or undergoing medical treatment are allowed in the building.

As Rivera returned to work, he explained he only has one thing in mind as he plans for the few months ahead.

"The biggest thing is starting to get everything set for training camp," Rivera said. "We have everything ready just in case we get the opportunity for some work with the players before the end of OTAs and minicamp, but the biggest thing we can do now is start to get ready for training camp."

When Redskins training camp will begin has not formally been announced yet, but the team's annual fall camp is expected to begin at some point towards the end of July. Washington will not be traveling to their typical Richmond location, as the NFL announced earlier this week that all training camp activities will be held at each team's respective facilities.

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