UPDATE: The Redskins are interested in trading holdout left tackle Trent WIlliams, sources told NBC Sports Washington, but the compensation required to move the seven-time Pro Bowler would be significant. Another part of the story is that the Redskins might not be looking solely for draft picks in return but rather want to add another playmaker to their roster to help young quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
Cleveland has long been linked as a suitor for Williams, so much that their GM John Dorsey publicly talked about calling the Redskins and having his offers rebuffed a few weeks back. After an exciting offseason trade for Odell Beckham and a strong finish in 2018 for QB Baker Mayfield, the Browns entered the 2019 season with high expectations. The team has underperformed thus far and sits with a 2-5 record. The offensive line has been a big problem in Cleveland, and Williams could surely help.
Stay tuned. The deadline for trades hits on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
The Redskins have maintained all season that star left tackle Trent Williams, who’s refused to report to the team over trust issues with the medical staff, won’t be traded this season. That reportedly no longer appears to be the case, as NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said Monday that the Redskins have begun reaching out to suitors to work out a deal.
Sources: The #Redskins are now open to dealing star LT Trent Williams. They have begun the process of looking at potential suitors, and the #Browns have been one. Unclear how high they set the asking price, but they’ll at least listen.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 28, 2019
With the trade deadline set for 4 p.m. Tuesday, teams reportedly grew irritated with the Redskins’ front office for its refusal to listen to offers for Williams. The seven-time Pro Bowler requested a trade earlier this season, but it appeared the Redskins were intent on waiting him out.
Rapoport mentioned the Browns spoke with Washington about a deal, but the price tag for Williams’ services is not yet clear. After holding out on trade negotiations all year, it’s likely the Redskins ask for a significant haul in return.
Williams was drafted fourth overall in 2010 and has spent his entire career in Washington. Prior to this season, he started 120 of 144 possible games at left tackle.
Matt Weyrich contributed to this story.
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