Named to the last seven straight Pro Bowls, Trent Williams ranks as arguably the most talented on the Redskins roster. Making nearly $15 million this season, Williams is also among the team's highest paid players.
Still, that might not be enough.
As veteran minicamp opened on Tuesday in Ashburn, mandatory for all players, Williams was not present and reports show that the soon to be 31-year-old left tackle wants a trade or a new contract. The news, first reported by NFL Media, comes as Williams dealt with an offseason health scare related to a scalp surgery.
Williams is in the second to last year of a five-year, $66 million contract extension he signed with the club in 2015 (the last year is voidable). That deal made Williams the highest paid offensive linemen in the NFL when he signed, but now, he no longer holds that title. He now ranks as the ninth highest paid offensive linemen in the NFL, still an impressive spot, particularly considering the amount of wear and tear on his body.
The last full 16-game season Williams played came in 2013. He's missed 15 games in the five seasons since, including three last year. A true warrior on the football field, Williams has dealt with a number of injuries all over his body, including his thumb, elbow and knees, during the last few seasons.
When Williams plays, he plays at a high level. That is undeniable. But more and more health and durability issues seem to be mounting for the player called "Silverback" by his teammates.
It also makes a lot of sense for Williams to want a new contract now.
The Raiders will be paying Trent Brown more than $16 million this fall to play right tackle, not left, and a number of guards have emerged in the top echelon of the NFL's offensive line payroll. Despite that growth, left tackle remains the most important position on the offensive line, and Williams plays the left tackle position perhaps better than anyone.
What will happen remains to be seen. Williams might want a new deal, but that doesn't mean the Redskins want to work on a new contract. This will be something to monitor throughout the summer.
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