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Trent Williams' agent claims Redskins not acting in 'good faith' and suggests possible legal action in bombshell statement

Trent Williams' agent claims Redskins not acting in 'good faith' and suggests possible legal action in bombshell statement

Trent Williams wants to be traded or released, as soon as possible, and the seven-time Pro Bowl tackle does not believe the Redskins organization is working in "good faith" to find him a new team. 

That, along with the suggestion of possible legal action against Washington, came in a new bombshell statement from Williams' agent Vincent Taylor, delivered via NFL Network's Mike Garafolo

"The relationship between the Redskins and Trent Williams has reached a point where it’s in the best interest that the Redskins trade or release him," Taylor wrote. 

The statement goes on to explain that last year the team was unable or unwilling to trade Williams. This year, after the ouster of Bruce Allen and the installation of new head coach Ron Rivera, the Redskins gave Taylor permission to work out a possible trade.

"Williams’ representatives provided the team with trading options, but the Redskins have shown no interest in negotiating in good faith, and, in fact, have given inconsistent demands on what it wants in return for a trade," Taylor wrote. 

That language started to get pretty heavy, particularly saying Washington is not negotiating in good faith and that trade demands are inconsistent. The language then gets even more serious. 

"Throughout the process, Williams has maintained his silence and not spoken negatively about the team nor has he pursued potential legal actions. This seems to not be a successful strategy. Players who are outwardly critical of the team do get traded."

Potential legal actions. Full stop.

While Williams dealt with a cancerous tumor on his scalp last year, some wondered if a medical malpractice lawsuit was in play for the tackle. Only actual lawyers familiar with the contract language could decide if that sort of case is even possible, and while there hasn't been any lawsuit, it clearly remains a topic of consideration for Williams' representatives. 

Additionally, Taylor wrote that players who are outwardly critical do get traded. It's no secret that he's talking about Quinton Dunbar, who the Redskins traded on Monday to the Seahawks for a fifth-round pick. 

In fact, much of Taylor's letter might be specific to Dunbar's trade, almost suggesting that if the team was willing to let a talented young corner go for a fifth-rounder that they should certainly let Williams go for whatever deal is available. 

Taylor's note finished with: "Although Trent Williams will always love and respect Dan Snyder, his teammates, and the Washington Redskins’ fans, he wants to be traded or released. It’s time for the organization to act in a manner that is in both Williams’ and the team’s best interest."

Therein lies the rub: What's in the best interest for Williams isn't necessarily in the best interest for the Redskins. 

A month ago reports showed the Redskins would deal Williams for a second-round pick. That deal never emerged. Should Washington budge off that desired level of compensation? 

Williams also wants a new contract, he said as much last fall when he spoke to reporters in the Redskins locker room. Reports show that he wants to be paid at the top of the tackle market, and that could command up to $20 million per season. That deal might exist, but it hasn't publicly emerged. Should Williams budge off that desired level of compensation?

It's entirely possible, if not probable, that there are teams out there willing to pay Williams but not send the Redskins a second-round pick. At what point should the Redskins just take what they can get? They did with Dunbar. 

And It's possible that there are teams out there willing to send the Redskins a second-round pick but not pay Williams top of the market money. As great as he is, he will be 32 when the season starts and has dealt with a litany of injuries the last five years, not even including his cancer bout. 

Williams wants out. That much is obvious, and has been for a while. 

The statement from his agent, however, changes the tone of the conversations. Reconciliation is obviously not an option, and in some ways, it sounds like Taylor is threatening the Redskins to trade his client, or else. 

This situation is getting ugly, and it might not be close to finished. 

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Peter King believes it's 'pretty likely' Kyle Allen starts for Redskins due to Coronavirus

Peter King believes it's 'pretty likely' Kyle Allen starts for Redskins due to Coronavirus

A few days ago, Ron Rivera identified Kyle Allen as the Redskins' contingency plan if Coronavirus really disrupts the NFL's offseason. Well, Peter King expects the team will ultimately have to use that plan.

During an interview with JP Finlay on the Redskins Talk podcast, the longtime football analyst explained that he, like most, is unsure what's going to transpire over the next handful of months. However, King thinks the pandemic will continue to change offseason programs and also have a "major" effect on training camp.

And if those consequences come to fruition, he's confident Allen will prove to be the team's best option to start.

"I believe the way that this year is moving that it's pretty likely that opening day, at quarterback for Washington, is not going to be Dwayne Haskins," King told Redskins Talk. 

While some originally accosted the Burgundy and Gold for giving up a fifth-round pick in their trade for the ex-Panthers passer, King actually praised it. The transaction, in his mind, was "very, very smart" and gives the Redskins viable insurance if Haskins isn't able to pick up a new system because of a truncated schedule. 

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"If you're Ron Rivera, you want a guy who you know can walk in Day 1," King said. "If you have to face the New York Giants on September 13, you want a guy who knows everything about Scott Turner's offense and who's well-versed in everything he's going to have to do."

To be clear, King explained that it wouldn't even really be Haskins' fault in the above scenario. In a regular year, he makes much more sense as the Redskins signal caller in 2020, and Rivera recently revealed that's the way he's leaning for now, too.

Yet at some point, if the 2019 first-round selection is only able to communicate with his new coaches through a phone and not face-to-face on a field, Allen's experience with Rivera and Turner may end up as the difference in a competition. 

Should that occur, King will monitor how Haskins handles it. His reaction could be telling.  

"Obviously, it's not an ideal situation for Dwayne Haskins," King said. "But if you can't, in this particular situation, if you can't adapt and adjust, then I would really question whether you're the guy for this job for the long haul.

"I would really question your value to this team."

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Joe Theismann thinks there's no way Trent Williams can 'be a Redskin again'

Joe Theismann thinks there's no way Trent Williams can 'be a Redskin again'

The Trent Williams saga has taken multiple twists and turns over the past year, but the standoff between the left tackle and the Redskins is currently at a stalemate.

The left tackle has one year remaining on his contract with the Redskins, but it's nearly impossible to imagine Williams playing another snap for the Burgundy and Gold.

"In Trent's situation, it was bad. There was no way he [can] be a Redskin again," former Redskins QB Joe Theismann told NBC Sports Washington's Julie Donaldson. "The relationship [has] become so toxic, it just [can't] continue in that vein."

The saga began when the left tackle held out from the OTAs last June through the first eight weeks of the 2019 season after he found out Redskins team doctors misdiagnosed a cancerous growth on his brain for nearly six years. Williams reported to Washington minutes before the trade deadline last season and planned to return, but the Redskins placed him on the Non-Football Injury list days later, ending his season without No. 71 playing a snap.

After the 2019 season concluded, the Redskins organization had a massive overhaul. Longtime team president Bruce Allen was fired along with head athletic trainer Larry Hess. While Williams maintained silence throughout his entire holdout, unhappiness and a lack of trust with Allen and the medical staff were rumored to be the two main reasons he stayed away from the team. 

But according to Theismann, there was another factor that kept No. 71 away from Redskins Park.

"He didn't like Bruce Allen, basically. He didn't feel like communication was going well with them," Theismann said. "He didn't like the training staff because what had happened regarding a diagnosis with him. Then all of a sudden, those issues were taken care of. Bruce isn't there anymore, the training staff isn't there anymore. Now it's about money."

The Redskins brought in well-respected head coach Ron Rivera, who attempted to convince the left tackle to return to the team. But Theismann believes that Williams, whose contract has around $15 million remaining, wants a new deal that will pay him like a premiere left tackle in the game, which is something Rivera and the new staff are not ready to do.

"He's going to be a 32-year-old tackle and he wants a longer-term contract. He wants money," Theismann said. "He gave away half his salary last year, which was approximately $7 million that you're never going to get back, especially in this environment. So the Redskins basically said, 'Hey Trent, see what you can get. Let's see if we can work a deal out.' Well, no suitors have come to the table."

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Williams was given permission to seek a trade by the Redskins last month, but the left tackles camp has been unable to find a trade partner for what the Redskins deem as fair value for the seven-time Pro Bowler.  Last week, Williams' agent ripped to Redskins for "not acting in good faith" and blamed the lack of a trade solely on the Redskins.

The left tackle turns 32 in July and has not played a full season since 2013. The combination of the two makes Theismann believe some teams are hesitant to invest a lot of money in Williams.

"He's not the young guy he was once before. He was one of the best tackles in football," Theismann said. "We were very thankful to have him, and he was compensated accordingly. 

"Time is not your friend when you reach certain stages in football," he continued. "Most players, as you get the middle part of the thirties, especially as offensive linemen, you're just not sure you're going to be able to continue doing what you're doing and be compensated in a way that's worth your while."

Just a month before Williams signed a five-year extension with the Redskins back in August of 2015, longtime pass rusher Ryan Kerrigan also signed a multi-year deal with the team. Williams and Kerrigan were back-to-back first-round picks in 2010 and 2011, respectively, and two of the team's best players over the past decade.

Theismann believes if Williams played out the 2019 season the way Kerrigan did, he may have earned himself a new deal with the team. While Kerrigan has yet to earn another extension from Washington, Rivera has stated that the pass rusher is a part of the team's future.

"In Trent's case, I feel like there was just a lot of conversation about him," Theismann said. "It's time for him to move on and the Redskins to move on, and I believe that's where they are right now. With a little bit of luck, he'll catch on somewhere, and I wish him all the luck in the world. But you got to be realistic for the numbers you are asking for at that age."

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