Could Trent Williams one day put on a Redskins uniform again? That's a question that felt beyond absurd to ask even a few months ago, but now, it's beginning to seem like a possibility again.
Ron Rivera recently called Williams "our guy" and stated how he hopes to sit down with the lineman to figure out where he is mentally and physically. On Wednesday, meanwhile, Joe Gibbs told the Redskins Talk podcast he's confident that Rivera can "handle" the situation.
And on Thursday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport dropped a new report that further adds context to Washington's intentions with one of its most talented players.
"We could see a reconciliation between Trent Williams, the star left tackle who didn't play, didn't get paid last year and new Redskins coach Ron Rivera and an entirely new Redskins everything, including the training staff," Rapoport said.
Rapoport called the head of that new training staff, Ryan Vermillion, "one of the most respected trainers" in the sport and a "huge addition" for the organization. Vermillion's presence and, perhaps more importantly, Bruce Allen's dismissal should, in theory, make the thought of returning to the Burgundy and Gold more appealing for Williams.
"Rivera, from what I understand, has not yet met with Trent Williams," Rapoport explained. "I know the team has been in communication with his agent. But what they're going to do is get in Feb. 10 once the coaches and everybody come back from vacation, evaluate the film, look at everything involving Trent Williams including his medical, and figure out how to proceed going forward."
From NFL Now: #Redskins coach Ron Rivera's offseason plan begins on Feb. 10, but this much is clear -- LT Trent Williams is firmly in the team's plans and they are not intent on trading him like the previous regime was. But they need to get through the process to be sure. pic.twitter.com/E15yYZlszL— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 6, 2020
The medical aspect of the franchise has been addressed as has Allen, a guy whom Williams had lost all trust in. He also had a problem with his contract, though, telling the media in his lone speaking session in 2019 that he didn't like the vulnerability his current deal subjects him, too.
So, that's something Rivera and the Redskins will also have to assess. Would they be willing to commit more money or more years to a 31-year-old who's had durability issues for a few seasons now?
Regardless, this new report plus some of the Redskins' latest actions indicate how Washington as a whole has totally adjusted their approach with No. 71.
"From what I understand, they do consider him part of the team," Rapoport said. "He's a great player. They love great players. And it sounds like they want him to play for them, which is in direct contrast to how Bruce Allen was going to treat this."
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