It's certainly possible that the Redskins and Trent Williams fix their issues in the next few weeks, but as of now, it feels like late June and early July will be a period of silence for this storyline.
You can bet both sides are pondering their options, though, and will be considering just about everything when it comes to how they'll approach resolving the problem or moving on from one another.
With that in mind, here are three numbers that could very much factor into this dilemma and how it ultimately ends.
The left tackle's base salary for the 2019 season is $11 million. When you divide that by 16, you'll arrive at how much he's slated to make per game for Washington this year: $687,500.
It appears that Williams has most of the leverage as of now. The options behind him are quite dreadful (that'll be covered in the next number), the franchise just drafted their potential star QB and the offense will rely heavily on the running game. All of those are reasons why Washington should be looking to appease the Pro Bowler.
However, if the Redskins don't want to bend, they can merely wait No. 71 out and see how serious he is about his reported vow to never play in D.C. again.
It's a lot easier to take that stance in the summer, where at most he'll lose some dollars in fines for not showing up to offseason work. When he starts costing himself six figures a week, though, that could change his mindset very quickly.
The 'Skins have other tackles on the roster, but obviously — really, really obviously — none of them look like close to suitable fill-ins for Williams.
Ereck Flowers received much of the work at OTAs and minicamp at left tackle, and though he's supposed to be trying to transition to guard, he currently looks like he'd be in serious consideration to play there in the regular season if Williams doesn't show or is moved.
Well, during his time starting with the Giants (he finished 2018 with the Jaguars, but was with New York for three-plus campaigns), Flowers allowed a pressure on 9.45-percent of his pass blocking snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. Since 2006, PFF has evaluated 275 offensive lineman with at least 1,800 pass blocking snaps. Flowers' pressure rate is the worst out of those 275.
That's justtttttt a bit worrisome.
The first number is one that favors the organization, while the second is one that's advantageous to the player. This third one, meanwhile, affects both.
In the past four seasons, Williams has missed 15 contests. The soon-to-be 31-year-old has battled with numerous injuries as well as a drug suspension in that time, both of which have prevented him from always starting for the O-line.
If the only solution to this thing is money, like many are suggesting, the Redskins have to decide how much they're willing to give him. Williams is still a force as a lineman, but he's aging and may simply be past the point of being able to string together a 16-game schedule. What price can they pay for that?
Williams, on the other hand, will look at that number as reason why he should hold out for more money and better medical treatment from Washington. The NFL is a league where guaranteed money is hard to come by and he's running out of it on his current deal. He won't want to risk getting hurt again before he has more cash on his side.
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