The Redskins are speaking with multiple teams about trading left tackle Trent Williams but the team remains focused on getting fair compensation back in any deal, a source informed NBC Sports Washington on Friday.
The news comes after Thursday night's first round of the 2020 NFL Draft saw six offensive tackles get selected and there was some thought that once tackle-needy teams like the Browns and Jets drafted the market for Williams would evaporate. That hasn't happened, and at least one team has been identified.
According to a new ESPN report, the Vikings offered a Day 3 pick for Williams at some point in the last few weeks. That offer was easy to turn down for Washington as the team holds firm that the seven-time Pro Bowl tackle has significantly more value than a Day 3 pick, which include fourth, fifth, sixth or seventh-round picks. Day 2 picks would be second and/or third-rounders.
The Redskins want second-round value for Williams but are willing to be flexible in getting to that point, NBC Sports Washington has previously reported. That could mean a combination of picks to equal a second-round evaluation, or a package that includes a player and a pick. At some point, though, that seems to require a Day 2 pick, likely in the third round.
It is possible Washington would take that Day 2 compensation in the 2021 Draft, which could interest teams looking to contend for a Super Bowl in 2020.
Outside of Minnesota, it's unclear how many teams, or which specific teams, are also in the hunt for Williams.
Another important note raised from the ESPN report is if Williams is willing to play out the last year of his current deal, set to pay him more than $12 million for 2020. Williams and his agent Vincent Taylor wanted a new contract, but as this situation continues to drag out, perhaps the prospect of playing out the last year and then hitting the open market in 2021 when the salary cap is expected to grow about 20 percent becomes appealing.
Offshore betting markets don't seem optimistic about a Williams trade happening, at least during the second or third rounds.
Oddsmakers don’t see a Trent trade coming today pic.twitter.com/KwxtqNe8Ag— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) April 24, 2020
Eventually, it seems a trade will come. Probably. Stick with NBC Sports Washington for more developments.
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