Redskins

Quick Links

'There's no trust there': Trent Williams respects Dan Snyder but has lost belief in Redskins

'There's no trust there': Trent Williams respects Dan Snyder but has lost belief in Redskins

Trent Williams was sitting in the Redskins' locker room for the first time in months, but he wasn't wearing any Burgundy and Gold gear. That had to have been intentional.  

During an almost 20-minute session with the media on Thursday — where he made his first on the record comments about his lengthy holdout and dispute with the team he's played for since 2010 — he was asked many questions, but one of the most important was one regarding whether he still trusted that team.

His response was just five words long. They were a powerful five words.

"No," he said. "There's no trust there."

It's understandable why.

According to the left tackle, he and the Redskins' medical staff first noticed the growth on his head — which would go on to become a cancerous and life-threatening tumor — six years ago, yet it wasn't taken seriously until it became almost deadly.

Williams told the crowd of reporters gathered around his locker that the surgery to remove the tumor came just weeks before it reached his skull.

"I almost lost my life," he explained.

Now, he's not upset with everyone. Throughout the back-and-forth, Williams mentioned Dan Snyder multiple times. The comments were all positive.

"I have a ton of respect for Dan and what he's done here," Williams said of the often-criticized owner.

He also lamented not being able to play for Jay Gruden, and how he feels partly to blame for Gruden losing his job. He "personally loved" his former head coach. 

One name that didn't come out of the Pro Bowler's mouth, though, was Bruce Allen's. When one reporter asked if the relationship between Williams and Allen could ever be fixed, Williams simply responded, "Next question." 

At another point, Williams was pressed to flat-out identify who he didn't trust within the Redskins, yet he declined. Instead, he wants people to draw their own conclusions. 

Those conclusions will point to, of course, the medical staff and Allen.

For years, Williams fought through intense injuries to suit up for Washington, putting on his No. 71 jersey when most wouldn't even consider doing so, even in lost seasons. The mishandling of his cancer, however, has become the tipping point for him, and while he still cares for certain people tied to the organization, he sounded disillusioned about his future with it as a whole.

"I felt I did sacrifice a lot," Williams said. "I didn't do it for me, I did it for them. I just expected the same type of respect back."

MORE REDSKINS NEWS

Quick Links

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins' workouts are taking place at his parents' house

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins' workouts are taking place at his parents' house

With the coronavirus pandemic putting a wrench in the NFL offseason and keeping team activities on hold, players have had to get creative with their workouts. 

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is among that population. Despite being a starter in the NFL and making millions of dollars, the former Redskin is now staying in shape in a very ordinary way: workouts at his parents' house.

In a story by ESPN, Cousins explained that his family relocated to his parents' house in Orlando, Florida with the league still waiting to resume. The move has been beneficial as it allows Cousins' and his wife, Julie, to have an easier time caring for their two young children. However, living in his parents' house has made it challenging to train the way an NFL quarterback needs to.

Cousins told ESPN that he's traded in a standard gym with machines and large amounts of equipment for his parents' driveway and backyard. He still has everything he needs to get sessions done, including WiFi to video chat with his trainer, but the setting is an interesting one.

Out on the driveway, the quarterback never knows who may pass by on a daily basis.

"I like my privacy, so being out in the driveway, on display for the whole neighborhood to see is probably less than ideal," Cousins told ESPN. "But desperate times call for desperate measures."

"[Every car will] see me doing my shuffles across the driveway, or my cariocas, or doing the jump-rope or different plank exercises, core work, medicine ball, lunges -- whatever it may be," he added. "And different people honk or wave, so it's kind of fun."

CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE REDSKINS TALK PODCAST

Honks and even the occasional "Go Pack, go!" at Cousins in the middle of his workout bring a smile to his face as he navigates the new situation. Cousins may have been a Pro Bowler in 2019, but the current situation of the world has him and many other athletes heading back to their humble beginnings. If he finds success on the field in 2020, his parents' driveway and front yard will be part of the equation. 

Stay connected to the Capitals and Wizards with the MyTeams app. Click here to download for comprehensive coverage of your teams.

MORE REDSKINS NEWS

Quick Links

Adrian Peterson has his sights on passing Barry Sanders for 4th in all-time rushing

Adrian Peterson has his sights on passing Barry Sanders for 4th in all-time rushing

Adrian Peterson could go down as one of the NFL's all-time greats without ever having to play another snap in the NFL.

But as the running back gears up for his 14th NFL season and his third with the Redskins, he has one specific goal in mind.

"Passing Barry Sanders would definitely be one of the highlights of my career," Peterson said on NFL Network, via ProFootballTalk. "What he accomplished, and how I’ve looked up to him, I’ve always wanted to say I did something better than Barry Sanders."

What the 35-year-old running back is referring to is passing Sanders on the all-time career rushing yards list. Peterson, who has amassed over 14,000 rushing yards in his career, currently trails the Lions great by 1,054 yards.

As it stands now, Peterson is fifth all-time in career rushing yards, trailing only Sanders, Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton and Frank Gore.

CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE REDSKINS TALK PODCAST

Moving past Sanders in 2020 might be a tough ask, as Peterson has not topped 1,054 yards in a single-season since 2015, where he rushed for a league-best 1,485 yards with the Vikings. The running back came close to topping that mark in 2018, when he finished with 1,042 yards in his first season in Washington.

Peterson has been the lead back for Washington the past two seasons, starting 31 of a possible 32 games for the team. But with a new regime in place in 2020 and a crowded backfield, it's unlikely that Peterson will turn in a third-straight 200-carry season.

Last season, Peterson went on record to say his goal is still to break Smith's all-time rushing yards record. Peterson currently sits just over 4,000 yards behind the Cowboys legend.

"Yeah, why not?" Peterson said. "I'm still playing the game at a high level, and I feel like I can continue to play for a long period of time. So why not keep my bar at reaching 18 [thousand yards] and surpassing Emmitt Smith?"

Stay connected to the Capitals and Wizards with the MyTeams app. Click here to download for comprehensive coverage of your teams.

MORE REDSKINS NEWS