The Patriots offered the Redskins a first-round pick in a trade for disgruntled left tackle Trent Williams but Washington rebuffed the offer, a source with knowledge of the situation told NBC Sports Washington.
Kevin Sheehan of Team 980 reported the same news Thursday morning on his radio show.
That call from New England came a few weeks ago while the Redskins were holding training camp in Richmond, the source explained. The Patriots are no longer pursuing Williams.
Washington has made clear they don’t intend to trade Williams, which makes sense publicly. Still, there have been at least three teams to contact the Redskins about trading for Williams.
It’s believed the Redskins want a first and a second-round pick to move on from Williams, who is refusing to report to the team despite having two years left on his contract.
The reports around Williams’ holdout have been significant, mainly centering around the suggestion that the seven-time Pro Bowler will not return to Washington due to a misdiagnosis from the team’s medical staff last season.
Multiple sources near Williams have been clear that he will not return to the Redskins and will miss regular-season action.
Earlier this week, Washington head coach Jay Gruden said there is no update on the Williams situation and he must prepare his team with the players that have reported.
“It is what it is,” Gruden said.
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Dwayne Haskins will be the Redskins' starting quarterback the rest of the 2019 season, head coach Bill Callahan announced on Monday.
The news came one week after Haskins’ first career start in Buffalo. The 15th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Haskins played decent against the Bills, avoiding any major mistakes and mostly operating the vanilla game plan.
In the minutes after the 24-9 loss to the Bills, Redskins interim head coach Bill Callahan hesitated to name Haskins the starter. The coach said he needed to review the game film and check on the health of former starter Case Keenum. Callahan continued his privacy around the quarterback decision throughout the team’s Week 10 bye before making the announcement.
On Monday, Callahan committed to Haskins, and frankly, it makes sense.
At 1-8, the Redskins season is shot and the team should focus on developing their young passer for the 2020 season and beyond.
The Jets come in at 2-8, and while they’re coming off a win over the Giants, this game marks a real opportunity for a Washington win. His start Sunday vs. the Jets will be his first-ever start at FedExField in front of a home Redskins crowd.
Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones threw for more than 300 yards and four touchdowns against the Jets in Week 10, and that should be a real reason for optimism with Haskins and the Redskins.
Additionally, running back Derrius Guice should be back on the field for Washington when the Jets come to town.
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It ends up that not playing might be the best move the Redskins could make this season. On Sunday, while Washington rested for their bye week, the Dolphins won their second game in a row and the Jets beat the Giants.
That leaves the Redskins with the second-worst record in the NFL at 1-8; the lone one-win team in the league. At 0-9, only the Bengals are worse.
While very little of this is good news, there is a silver lining: Washington is now in line for the second overall draft pick. If the season ended today, the draft order would be as follows:
- Cincinnati Bengals (0-9)
- Washington Redskins (1-8)
- New York Giants (2-8)
- Miami Dolphins (2-7)
- New York Jets (2-7)
- Atlanta Falcons (2-7)
- Cleveland Browns (3-6)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6)
- Denver Broncos (3-6)
- Arizona Cardinals (3-6-1)
Plenty can still change as the Redskins have seven games remaining and will face the New York Jets on Sunday. It will be the first time this season the Redskins are favored at home, though that line could shift by the weekend. The Jets dropped 34 points on the Giants in Week 10 and second-year QB Sam Darnold impressed. The Redskins haven't scored a touchdown since October 13th.
Looking ahead to the 2020 Draft might be the focus for many Redskins fans, but this Sunday could show its own glimpse of the future. Dwayne Haskins and Derrius Guice should be on the field together, and along with Terry McLaurin, that could be the beginning of a young talented offensive trio.
Still, the second overall pick in the draft should hold tremendous value, either with the pick or via trade.
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