RICHMOND -- The Redskins are "gauging interest" around the NFL about possibly trading Trent Williams, a league source has told NBC Sports Washington.
The news comes as Williams enters his second week of a training camp holdout, and that's after Williams did not attend mandatory minicamp or any of the team's offseason workouts. On Tuesday, the Redskins signed Donald Penn, a veteran left tackle that could presumably fill in at the position if Williams does not return.
There was also a report from The Athletic Boston that suggested a deal could happen between Washington and New England. From Jeff Howe: "Redskins are having trade discussions regarding tackle Trent Williams, according to a source. Unclear what type of compensation they'd require in a trade. There's a feeling around the league the Patriots would be involved due to depth issues at the position."
A league source explained that trade talks often involve the Patriots on some level, as the team is usually active in that space and well loaded with draft picks.
Asked about the trade rumors, one Redskins team source said, "First I have heard of it."
A CBS report over the weekend said that Williams does not want to play for the Redskins anymore, and that could include forcing a trade. It's unclear if the Redskins would be willing to add money to Williams' current deal, and multiple team conversations have suggested the organization is not going to offer more money.
Williams, at 31 years old, is a seven-time Pro Bowler at left tackle with two years remaining on his deal. He hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2013.
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