Walk around FedEx Field and there will be dozens of 71 jerseys in the crowd. For most of his 10-year career, Trent Williams was a fan favorite.
He played hard, gutted through injuries and always took time to sign autographs and take pictures in the heat of Richmond summers.
And on Tuesday, he remained in a weird standstill with the Redskins. The team failed to trade him after Williams held out the first half of the 2019 season.
How on earth did things get here?
Williams hadn’t talked to the team since the holdout began - until he reportedly walked in the door as soon as the trade deadline was up on Tuesday - but plenty of reports have come out that at least partially explain the story. A medical situation late last season scared Williams, significantly, and he became upset with the Redskins medical staff because of the care he received.
From there, reports came during training camp that Williams’ relationship with Redskins team president had “fractured.” A Redskins spokesperson said that the report was “100 percent false” but as time went on, it became very clear Williams wasn’t returning for the start of the season.
Then it was revealed the Redskins intended to fine Williams the maximum amount allowable for missing practices and mandatory team events. That didn’t budge the big man either.
Allen fired Jay Gruden after an 0-5 start, and at that point the Redskins boss again said the team wasn’t interested in trading Williams. Then, a report came out that Williams might return at some point this year but might not play, a tricky maneuver that would significantly hurt his trade value.
Shouldn’t that have been enough to change the Redskins mind? Maybe. Or maybe Allen’s plan was to delay the end of Williams’ time in Washington as long as possible to maximize the return.
In the end, it doesn’t really matter. He may have walked in the door. But that doesn't mean things are fine.
The relationship between Williams and the Redskins is broken. And for the rest of the season, his contract at least – and the mess of the situation – is still in Washington.
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Trent Williams is defending his dogs after neighbors of a home registered to him in Missouri City, Texas say the Redskins' lineman's dogs brutally killed their dog.
The neighbor's dog, Sandy, according to reports, died after being mauled and dragged under an iron fence on their own property.
According to Williams, the attack began after Sandy instigated conflict with one of Williams' smaller pets. Williams felt his dogs did nothing wrong and said the animals were defending the smaller dog, who is fighting for its life after $5,000 in medical bills.
Williams told FOX 26 Houston that the situation was "dogs doing what dogs do."
In comments to local television stations, Sandy's owner's described how they found their dog.
"I found my dog halfway ripped apart, head and one leg on the other side of the fence, two of those stakes ripped through the body and one leg just dangling," said Jerry Flowers.
"They drug her head through the fence," Linda Flowers said. "Half of her body was through the wrought iron fence."
Animal control and local police are no longer investigating the incident according to ABC 13. Williams was not cited for the incident.
Williams is on the non-football injury list for the Washington Redskins after ending his holdout halfway through the season.
The Redskins moved outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan to the injured reserve after he injured his calf last week against Green Bay. He will miss the remainder of the season.
Kerrigan had started every game for Washington since 2011 until just three weeks ago, one of the most impressive streaks in the NFL at 139 straight starts.
He missed the Panthers game due to a concussion, was able to come back from the Packers game and then hurt his calf.
After three straight seasons with double-digit sacks, Kerrigan’s numbers were down this year. He will finish the season with just 5.5 sacks after posting 37 over the last few years.
Dexter Manley holds the Redskins franchise record with 91 sacks. After bringing down Aaron Rodgers last week in Green Bay before his injury, Kerrigan got to 90 sacks.
If he comes back healthy in 2020, Kerrigan would look prime to break the franchise record. He will be in the last year of his contract, however, and will account for nearly $12 million against the salary cap.
Should Washington release Kerrigan, which was once unthinkable, it would carry no salary cap hit.
To replace Kerrigan on the active roster the Redskins signed Caleb Wilson from the Cardinals practice squad.
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