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Ron Rivera says a first-rounder was available for Trent Williams in 2019 but 'deal was never done'

Ron Rivera says a first-rounder was available for Trent Williams in 2019 but 'deal was never done'

The Redskins traded Trent Williams to the 49ers during the draft for a pair of picks - a 2021 third-rounder and a 2020 fifth-rounder. Considering how broken the relationship between Williams and the Redskins had gotten, the compensation was the best new head coach Ron Rivera could get.

But that doesn't change how much more Williams could have landed in a trade last year when Williams first began his hold out. 

"There was an opportunity, from what I was told, that last year just before the trade deadline he was worth a first-round pick. But, for whatever reason, the deal was never done," Rivera said Wednesday on The Kevin Sheehan Show.

That stings for Redskins fans.  

It's been widely reported, including by NBC Sports Washington, that there were numerous suitors for Williams last season and that a first-round pick was available as compensation. The Redskins, then run by former team president Bruce Allen, refuted the reports and said there would be no trade of Williams. 

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As Williams' holdout continued, former Browns general manager John Dorsey even publicly said he wanted to trade for the seven-time Pro Bowl tackle but that Allen wouldn't engage in trade talks. 

"Because he didn’t play for the year somehow that number changed," Rivera said of Williams' trade value after the 2019 trade deadline expired. 

Rivera is being gracious in his commentary.

Williams' value plummeted because he went from having two years left on his contract to only one, not to mention being a year older and allowing interested teams to draft left tackles instead of needing one in the middle of the 2019 season for a playoff push. Allen did the Redskins a disservice by not trading Williams last year, and there was zero benefit for any party. That is widely known now and doesn't need to be re-litigated. 

As for 2020, Rivera seemed comfortable in the compensation from the Niners.

"We weren’t going to give him away in a yard sale," the coach said. "We held out for the right deal."

Who will start in Williams's spot? Rivera said the team is still considering free agent tackles. 

"There’s still a couple guys out there that we’ve talked about," he said, interestingly, though the coach sounded most excited about fourth-round draft pick Saahdiq Charles out of LSU. 

Rivera said the Redskins "feel very fortunate" to get the left tackle at that spot and he has a big potential. 

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Cutting preseason games won’t hurt or help Dwayne Haskins - here’s why

Cutting preseason games won’t hurt or help Dwayne Haskins - here’s why

The NFL intends to cut the preseason by two games this year, meaning the Redskins will play just two exhibition contests instead of four.

For many players, particularly undrafted guys or fringe roster candidates, losing preseason games is a big deal.

For Dwayne Haskins, it’s not.

The reality is starting quarterbacks don’t play much in the preseason, especially in the first and last weeks of the preseason. Well, those are the exact games the NFL cut out of the August schedule.

In the first preseason game, Haskins likely would have played the first series. Maybe two series. Maybe.

In the fourth preseason game, Haskins wouldn’t have played. Undrafted rookie QB Steven Montez likely would have started that game and gotten the chance to play all four quarters, fully showcasing his skills for coaches to make a decision about if should get a practice squad spot.

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Each coach handles preseason differently, but a normal plan for Haskins would be to start and play the first quarter of the second preseason game and start and play the first half of the third preseason game. That can still happen.

In fact, the Redskins could give Haskins more snaps in either the second or third preseason game to make up for the lost action in the first preseason game.

Whatever the amount of preseason work Ron Rivera wanted to give Haskins, he can still get it.

What will be interesting is how much work Kyle Allen gets. Washington traded for Allen this offseason, and the former Panthers quarterback already knows new offensive coordinator Scott Turner’s offense from their time in Carolina.

If Haskins underwhelms in training camp and there is an actual QB battle, maybe the lack of preseason games could become an issue. That scenario seems unlikely though.

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Training camp will be vital for Haskins as he hasn’t had any organized practices with the new Redskins coaching staff. He needs that work and he needs to impress the new coaches. Coronavirus canceled nearly the entire NFL offseason.

But training camp is very different than preseason action. For Haskins, this training camp is about installing the offensive gameplan and figuring out the new scheme. Preseason games are usually haphazard without full rosters on the field and lots of penalties. The attempt is to simulate regular season football, but regular-season football just cannot be simulated. 

The reality is if the Redskins had their full preseason schedule, Haskins would probably play about three quarters in four games.

Now, there are only two preseason games, but still plenty of time to get three quarters of action.

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Redskins Superlatives: Two tremendous leaders earn the Most Likely to Become President Award

Redskins Superlatives: Two tremendous leaders earn the Most Likely to Become President Award

This week, JP Finlay and Pete Hailey will be handing out Redskins Superlatives as they continue to preview the 2020 season.

Next up: They give their Most Likely to Become President Award to a fan favorite and the franchise's newest leader.

JP's pick: Terry McLaurin

There is nothing Terry McLaurin can't do and he's got my vote for president should he ever decide to run. Beyond the breakout rookie year, the precise route running and his blazing speed, McLaurin talks like a 10-year veteran.

This offseason has been hard for everyone, but McLaurin explained things better than most: "Football is what I love to do. I can’t think of a better blessing in my life to be playing the game that I love. When you get through the course of such a long NFL season and you get to the end, it’s like man, I’m ready for that break. That burning desire is still inside of you to continue to get better and continue to improve. Now with us having a new staff, we’re just all looking forward to being on the field again. I feel like sports is something that this country needs as well. The camaraderie of it, the togetherness that it brings."

Put McLaurin on the ballot — but ideally after a 15-year career with a whole lot of postseason success.

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Pete's pick: Ron Rivera

JP and I didn't go to school together — that's because he's a LOT OLDER than me — but if we did, it would've been a surprise if we ever got an A-plus on the same assignment. In fact, it would've been a huge surprise, and perhaps an impossibility.

But in this instance, we're both getting an A-plus. He nailed his pick, and I'm nailing mine. 

Ron Rivera hasn't been with the Redskins long, and due to this unusual offseason, the media hasn't gotten to hang around him much in person, aside from his introductory press conference in January and some time at the Combine. 

Even so, we have still talked to him plenty on Zoom, and in all of those instances, I've been floored by his leadership, his intelligence and his perspective on everything, both football-related topics and topics that relate more to life overall. 

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At this point, I'm pretty much convinced every company or group in the world would be better with Rivera involved. He's fair, he's level-headed and he simultaneously gives and commands respect. 

For now, Rivera's just in the running for an NFC East title, but if he ever sets his sights on running for office, he'll have one mediocre blogger on his side.

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