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Report: Redskins are open to trading Trent Williams before the trade deadline

Report: Redskins are open to trading Trent Williams before the trade deadline

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.

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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.

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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Report: Bill Callahan to join Browns' staff as offensive line coach

Report: Bill Callahan to join Browns' staff as offensive line coach

Bill Callahan was not unemployed for long.

The former Redskins offensive line coach, who served as Washington's interim head coach in 2019 after Jay Gruden was fired following an 0-5 start, is joining the Cleveland Browns staff, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

The 63-year-old will reportedly serve as the Browns' offensive line coach, a title he has over two decades of coaching experience of.

Callahan served as the Redskins offensive line coach from 2017-2019. He worked his way up the coaching ranks in both college and the NFL as an offensive line coach for over a decade before the Raiders hired him as offensive coordinator in 1998. He was later promoted to head coach in 2002 and spent two seasons at the helm before leaving for the same position at Nebraska.

After a four-year tenure as head coach at the University of Nebraska ended in 2007, Callahan returned to the NFL as an offensive line coach for the Jets. He spent the next 12 years as an offensive line coach for three different NFL teams before he was named the Redskins interim head coach in October.

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Scott Turner won the Redskins offensive coordinator job over Kevin O'Connell, per source

Scott Turner won the Redskins offensive coordinator job over Kevin O'Connell, per source

There has been plenty of speculation as to why new Redskins head coach Ron Rivera decided to hire Scott Turner as offensive coordinator, and now a source tells NBC Sports Washington the answer is simple. 

Turner won the job competition. 

Many expected 2019 Redskins offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell to maintain his position when the team hired Rivera as their new head coach earlier this month. That didn't happen. 

As Rivera moved quickly to assemble his coaching staff, the biggest question seemed to be running the offense and working with second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Rivera interviewed O'Connell and Turner for the job, and asked to interview former Giants head coach Pat Shurmur. 

Shurmur declined the interview, and at that point, a source explained that Rivera then made his decision to go with Turner over O'Connell. 

So why Turner? 

Both candidates got their first experience calling plays last year after an in-season firing to the head coach. The results weren't great for either coach, but Turner's game plans involved more play action passing than O'Connell. 

Turner's resume working with Cam Newton and Teddy Bridgewater mattered, as did the plan Turner presented for working with Haskins. 

It's important to note that Rivera had years of experience working with Turner, as well as his father Norv Turner. That mattered too, and one source explained Rivera "believed" in Turner. 

While O'Connell landed in a strong spot as offensive coordinator for the Rams, he won't be calling plays. Coaches don't like giving up control, particularly offensive coaches giving up play calling. For O'Connell, maybe that will change in LA, but it will take time. 

Some Redskins fans have a bad habit of assuming the worst. That maybe Turner got the job because O'Connell passed on it. That's not the case, per multiple sources.

Ron Rivera wanted his guy, and that's why Turner got the job. 

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