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Jay Gruden mostly dismisses the idea of the Redskins trading Trent Williams

Jay Gruden mostly dismisses the idea of the Redskins trading Trent Williams

RICHMOND -- Amid rampant rumors and speculation about where Trent Williams will take his next snap, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden did his part to shut down the trade rumors

"I would seriously doubt that," Gruden responded when asked about the possibility of trading Williams. 

What will happen remains a mystery, however, as Williams has not arrived at the team's training camp practices in Richmond and after he missed mandatory minicamp in June and all of the team's offseason workouts. 

The reasons for Williams' absence appear to be complex, as there are reports that he doesn't trust the team's medical staff and has had a falling out with team president Bruce Allen. A Redskins spokesperson said that the report of a fractured relationship between Allen and Williams was "100 percent false." Team sources indicate that Williams' holdout is primarily for financial reasons. He has two years remaining on his contract that will pay him nearly $30 million, but little of that cash is guaranteed. 

The Redskins signed veteran left tackle Donald Penn last week, and while no player can replace a seven-time Pro Bowler like Williams, Penn is a legitimate starting option. He made the Pro Bowl himself two seasons ago. 

There is no real end in sight for the Williams holdout, at least until Labor Day Weekend. It's easy for a player to hold out of training camp and the preseason, but Week 1 of the NFL season is important. To start, that's when the first game check gets cut, and that's how NFL players get paid their salary. Week 1 is even more important than a regular week though because players on the Week 1 roster get their salary vested for the whole season. In other words, play Week 1, you get paid until Week 17. That doesn't happen in Week 2 and so on.

For Williams, the money might not be the only driver, and reportedly the Redskins are trying to hurt his pockets with fines in an attempt to get him back to the team. 

Washington would be crazy to trade Williams, the team could never reap dollar for dollar value with a player as good as Trent. That said, if Williams fully commits to not coming back, the Redskins need to consider their options. 

It's a tricky situation, and it appears Williams and Allen are the only two that know the solution. 

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Ron Rivera doesn't anticipate Dwayne Haskins being bothered by Redskins talking to top QBs

Ron Rivera doesn't anticipate Dwayne Haskins being bothered by Redskins talking to top QBs

Ron Rivera figured he'd make headlines (like the one on this exact website). He just doesn't really think what he revealed deserved to be so newsworthy.

The comments that generated some chatter came on Wednesday, when the Redskins head coach told reporters at the Combine that the team will speak with both Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa.

Washington, of course, already has Dwayne Haskins on the roster and appears poised to take Chase Young second overall in the upcoming draft. But Rivera still wants to sit down with the two top passers in this year's class, and he doesn't really see what's wrong with that.

"I just think it's what you're supposed to do," Rivera told the Redskins Talk podcast on Thursday in Indianapolis. "Of course, that's one thing that people want to jump on and sink their teeth into and create stuff. All we're doing is our due diligence. If we don't look at those guys and something crazy happened, then we'd sit there and look silly."

Burrow is the overwhelming favorite to be selected by the Bengals to kick off April's event, but it makes sense for the Redskins to familiarize themselves with him just in case something wacky happens (it is the Bengals, guys). 

Tagovailoa, meanwhile, has been getting positive reports on his health, which is really the only thing to doubt about the polished product from Alabama. While Burrow currently seems like a complete longshot to end up with the Burgundy and Gold, Tagovailoa does not.

Still, Rivera maintained that the Redskins are just completing their research.

"We're going to cover all our bases and just see what happens," he said. "Everybody wants to know what we're going to do. We can't tell you what we're going to do because we don't know what's going to happen in front of us."

Now, is Rivera worried at all about how Haskins will take these meetings? His rookie year was rife with stories that the 2019 coaching staff didn't want him, after all, so isn't it risky to possibly restart those stories again in 2020? 

Short answer? Nope. Long answer? Here it is.

"I think Dwayne is smart enough to understand," the head man said. "I really do. It's been a neat development of a relationship right now between he and I. I think the one thing that I really do appreciate is his hard work already. And I think that's what everybody needs, to just take a step back and understand that all we're doing is our due diligence."

Rivera indicated that Burrow and Tagovailoa could very well visit the Redskins at their facility later this offseason, too, so this talk of QB drama may pop up again shortly. It doesn't feel like drama to him, though.

To him, and hopefully to Haskins, this is all a part of having the No. 2 pick in the draft, a spot that gives Washington a lot of options.

"I think if this is something that's bothering him, he'll say it," Rivera finished. "But he's a mature, young man who's just growing in his role. I just think that everybody needs to just relax and let us go through our process."

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Arizona State punter Michael Turk dominates the bench press at NFL Combine

Arizona State punter Michael Turk dominates the bench press at NFL Combine

As far as reputations go in the NFL, punters are not generally known as the tough, strong guys on the team.

Arizona State punter Michael Turk is working to change that.

At the NFL Combine on Thursday, Turk stepped up to the bench press with 225 pounds on the bar waiting for him. What did he do? Just casually ripped off 25 reps.

Yes, you are seeing that correctly. A punter just put up 25 reps on the bench press. That number is impressive as is, for anyone of any position. However, let's put it in context to show just how strong Turk is.

Jadaveon Clowney, Chandler Jones and Rob Gronkowski are all known as some of the strongest humans to ever hit the football field. Their bench reps? 21, 22 and 23, respectively. Michael Turk, the punter, out-did them

Turk will need his legs to impress teams and scouts as he looks to head to the NFL, but he clearly has plenty of power in the upper body as well. If whatever team he lands on wants to run a fake punt, defenders won't have an easy time taking him down.

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