After a tumultuous season a year ago, Redskins have made major organizational changes this offseason.
Within days of the 2019 season coming to a close, the Redskins fired longtime team president Bruce Allen and hired well-respected head coach Ron Rivera. On Thursday, they drafted Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young with the second overall pick, the type of player many experts think can be an All-Pro for a decade-plus.
But in order for the Redskins to truly transition into a new era, NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay believes Washington must do one thing: trade Trent Williams.
"The ball is rolling, but some more steps need to be taken," Finlay said on NBCSW's "On the Clock" broadcast. "The work here isn't done. It's about getting the Trent Williams deal done, moving on from that saga, pushing that out of the Redskins' life and allowing them to move forward into a new direction."
Williams held out for the first half of the 2019 season after Redskins team doctors misdiagnosed a cancerous growth on his head for nearly six years. Williams reported just minutes before the trade deadline, but was placed on the Non-Football Injury list and did not play a snap last season.
He was given permission to seek a trade in March, but nothing amounted. Many believed that Williams could potentially be traded during the NFL Draft, with the offensive tackle-needy Cleveland Browns a possible destination.
But the Browns invested their first-round pick in Alabama tackle Jedrick Wills, practically putting an end to any potential trade for Williams. In free agency, Cleveland signed right tackle Jack Conklin to a three-year deal, too. Between Wills and Conklin, the bookends of the Browns' offensive line seem solidified for years to come.
Almost every team that needed offensive tackle help entering Thursday's draft addressed that need. The New York Jets took Louisville's Mekhi Becton with the 11th pick, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers added Iowa's Tristan Wirfs two picks later. Both the Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans added tackles in the first round, too.
Just 24 hours ago, there were a handful of teams that could greatly benefit from Williams' services. Now, where the 31-year-old's next destination is unclear.
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