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Trent Williams traded to San Francisco 49ers for draft picks, ending long saga with Redskins

Trent Williams traded to San Francisco 49ers for draft picks, ending long saga with Redskins

The Redskins agreed to trade left tackle Trent Williams to the San Francisco 49ers for a third and fifth-round pick.

The third-round pick will be in the 2021 Draft. 

The trade ends a holdout/medical saga that dragged on more than a full calendar year and reunites Williams with former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. When the Redskins drafted Williams back in 2010, Kyle’s father Mike was the head coach.

Williams did not play a single snap in Washington in the 2019 season and missed all of the team’s offseason activities. His hold-out was partly due to a cancerous growth on his scalp that he felt the Redskins medical team did not provide proper treatment. It was also due to distrust with former team president Bruce Allen. 

While Ron Rivera’s arrival in January cleared up the medical issues and the Bruce Allen issue, one big problem remained: money. 

Williams wanted a new deal loaded with guaranteed money and by more than one report his relationship with the Redskins organization soured.

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Things got worse after Rivera gave Vincent Taylor, Williams’ agent, permission to negotiate with other teams toward a trade in early March. After a few weeks and no trade offers, Taylor put out a statement questioning if Washington was negotiating in good faith towards a deal. 

The compensation won’t thrill Redskins fans but in the end, this allows Williams and the organization to move forward. And for as good as Williams has been, he turns 32 in July and hasn’t played a full 16-game season since 2013. 

The Redskins selected Williams with the fourth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. He started 119 games in Washington and made seven straight Pro Bowls from 2012 through 2019. 

It’s been widely reported that Washington wouldn’t work with the 49ers about a possible Kirk Cousins trade a few years back because of the way the relationship ended between the Shanahans and the Redskins. Clearly that’s changed now with Bruce Allen out and Ron Rivera running the ship. 

Former Redskins offensive line coach Chris Foerster is also on the Niners staff. He was Williams' first O-line coach in the NFL from 2010 to 2014. 

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Report: Redskins minority owners unsuccessfully tried to convince Dan Snyder to sell majority stake of franchise

Report: Redskins minority owners unsuccessfully tried to convince Dan Snyder to sell majority stake of franchise

Redskins minority owner and FedEx CEO Fred Smith, along with Washington's other two minority owners -- Robert Rothman and Dwight Schar -- want out of their stake in the franchise after unsuccessfully trying to convince majority owner Dan Snyder to sell his majority portion to them, according to Washington Times' columnist Thom Loverro.

This report comes just days after the Washington Post reported that Smith, Rothman, and Schar wanted out altogether, citing that the trio is "not happy being a partner" with Snyder. The three of them make up approximately 40 percent of the Redskins' ownership group.

This past Thursday, FedEx became one of the first major corporate sponsors of the Redskins to publicly place pressure on the franchise to change its name. Other companies such as Nike, which removed all Redskins' products from its website, along with Bank of America and PepsiCo followed shortly after.

FedEx's statement came after a report from AdWeek surfaced that a number of major investment firms told the company they would pull capital if the team's major sponsors didn't publicly pressure the franchise to change its name. 

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In response, the Redskins released a statement on Friday that the team is undergoing a "thorough review" of the team's name. Washington's new moniker will not have any Native American imagery, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, but the team will reportedly keep its beloved burgundy and gold color scheme.

Both NBC Sports Washington and multiple other outlets have reported that the team will likely not play another game with 'Redskins' as its name.

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However, it could take some time for the franchise to finalize the process of changing the name, meaning the club could play the 2020 season without a team name.

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Why Lorenzo Alexander didn't speak up on Redskins' name when he was playing

Why Lorenzo Alexander didn't speak up on Redskins' name when he was playing

For the first six seasons of his NFL career, Lorenzo Alexander sported the Burgundy and Gold every Sunday. Alexander was one of the Redskins' best special teamers during his tenure in Washington and even earned a Pro Bowl nod in his final season with the team.

However, throughout his six seasons with Washington, the defensive lineman-linebacker hybrid never raised concern about the Redskins' name. Now, that has changed.

In an interview with 106.7 The Fan's Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier on Wednesday, Alexander explained his current stance on the team's name, as well as why he never chose to speak up on the issue when he was a player for Washington.

"What I'm about to say, obviously the name should be changed," Alexander said. "But I can be seen as hypocritical because I played for the team and never really said much of it."

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Over the past week, the Redskins have been publicly pressured by some of its largest corporate sponsors to change the name. In response, the team announced on Friday it was undergoing a review of the name, and a change appears to be on the horizon. 

For Alexander, it took time to be away from the team to truly understand the meaning behind the name Redskins. Now, more than ever before, he understands why the name may need to be a thing of the past.

"I think once you kind of step away from it and kind of analyze what the word means and the progression of it – because it wasn't always a derogatory name, but at some point, it got attached to killing of Native Americans," Alexander said. "There's obviously a group in the Native American community that feels that it is derogatory, and they've always shown up and always protested, even while I was there, as far as getting the name changed."

With the social justice movement and fight for racial equality in America in full effect following the killing of George Floyd, Alexander believes that it would have been "hypocritical" for him not to advocate for a name change.

"I think we can no longer kind of stand behind ignorance or the fact that it doesn't really impact me," Alexander said. "So as a black man in the community, [it] would be very hypocritical for me to say, 'No, I love the name! It doesn't impact me!' when my community is kind of in an uproar right now speaking out on the same thing to the white community as far as some of the things that we see and how our lives are impacted."

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During the interview, Alexander repeatedly emphasized how important it is for people with a powerful voice to speak up about societal issues, as that is one of the best ways to create a meaningful change.

Alexander commended FedEx being the first Redskins' sponsor to publicly call for a change, even with the company having such a lucrative partnership with the team. Additionally, Alexander mentioned that he doesn't think the movement to change the name would be so strong had the company not publicly raised concern about it.

"Some are bigger than others and that's why it takes all of us to create change because if FedEx didn't jump on board, this probably wouldn't have got done," Alexander said. "And so by them including themselves in the conversation and for change, it allowed for change to occur, and that's why I think everybody's responsible for the direction of our country as we move forward."

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