Trent Williams not at minicamp, reportedly wants new deal

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Washington opened their mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, but left tackle Trent Williams didn’t join his teammates on the field.

Williams dealt with a health scare earlier this offseason when he had to have a “growth or tumor” removed from his head. The tissue was not malignant and his absence is reportedly unrelated to that issue.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Williams is looking for a new deal from the team. He is signed through next season with base salaries of $11 million and $12.5 million. Tackles Trent Brown, Taylor Lewan and Nate Solder all signed deals recently that feature average annual salaries of at least $15.5 million.

He will be subject to fines totaling $88,650 if he misses all three days of minicamp.

Williams has started 119 games since Washington selected him in the first round of the 2010 draft. A variety of injuries have caused him to miss 13 games over the last three seasons.

52 responses to “Trent Williams not at minicamp, reportedly wants new deal

  1. Why do players bother making deals if they will later complain about them??? There just building up drama.

  2. jdavis1877 says:

    June 4, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    it would be refreshing if one of these guys actually played the contract THEY signed.
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    How about owners/teams honoring the contracts as well? Any comment on that?

  3. Given his recent injury history, I am not sure how much leverage he has. As for “play out the contract they signed” nonsense. When teams pay out the contracts in full and stop cutting players under contract, I’ll agree with that sentiment.

  4. I hope the lawyers don’t spend too much time on these contracts. They really are kind of worthless. Can’t they just operate like the rest of the world and honor the contacts that they both sign?

  5. Trent Williams signed a five year, $66 million contract extension with the Washington Redskins on August 31, 2015. Now he is regretting it.

    I’m tired of reading about players regretting long term deals.

    1 – your agent negotiated the contract and you voluntarily signed it

    2 – next time don’t sign a long term deal, take a short term deal. Since teams won’t be able to spread out a signing bonus over 5 years they won’t want to pay as much.

    3 – Maybe the wave of the future is 3-year deals, no signing bonus, with 1 or 2 or 3 years guaranteed. The very good players will get another job. Most players will be around 30 and have a hard time getting another job, but they would be cut anyway if on a 5 year contract. At least teh player isn’t sad after 3 years.

  6. There’s nothing wrong with him missing meaningless camp days as leverage in demanding a salary on par with market value. Unlike us nine-to-five-ers, he can afford an $88,650 fine.

  7. These guys want the big signing bonuses and the security they bring, then they get a couple years in and want a new contract with a new signing bonus and more guaranteed money.

    Can’t have it both ways. Many of these guys might be able to get fully guaranteed contracts if they did it 2 years at a time but the opt for the longer contracts with big signing bonuses that the teams eat if they play poorly.

    Either take the risk on yourself or be happy you’re set for life and play out your contract.

  8. jalbs says:
    June 4, 2019 at 12:48 pm
    jdavis1877 says:

    June 4, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    it would be refreshing if one of these guys actually played the contract THEY signed.
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    How about owners/teams honoring the contracts as well? Any comment on that?
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    You mean the non-guaranteed contracts? That all parties knowingly signed?

  9. michaeltb12 says:
    June 4, 2019 at 12:40 pm
    Why do players bother making deals if they will later complain about them??? There just building up drama.

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    Because the market changes and they feel as if their salary should change with it. It’s basic mathematics to be honest.

  10. intrafinesse says: “I’m tired of reading about players regretting long term deals.”
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    1. Stop reading about it if you’re tired of it. Pretty simple solution…
    2. He’s not regretting it. If he thinks he outplayed the contract, he’s certainly can ask for more in line with performance.

  11. Dudes still got 2 years 33.5 million on the table; and he’s holding out? Trent is a mediocre LT at best. He may want to consider having the tumor put back in his head. Obviously the removal of the growth has made Trent pretty stupid…

  12. This epidemic is becoming ludicrous ! Players want and are given the security of a long term deal, 2-3 years into it,because other players may have received more, they suddenly have an issue and want MO MONEY! Until teams start standing up to this practice, this nonsense will become more prevalent . We are reading almost daily of this same scenario, someone won’t report because they want more! Skins grow some and cut him!

  13. Teams should consider putting a payback requirement on the huge signing bonuses for this type of action. 40% of the signing bonus is yet to be realized. That would be incentive enough risk to stop a hold out. Players who hold out in their last year would still likely do it, but not with two or more years left, as we see here.

    Players should consider putting an automatic trigger requirement that if three or more players get contracts exceeding their contracts he gets the average of those increases or option to have his contract voided at end of season. He then is treated as a free agent.

  14. I’m always surprised by the amount of hate towards players in these situations. This isn’t baseball or basketball with guaranteed contracts. Since teams have such overwhelming power to cut contracts short, I have zero problem with players negotiating for increases when they feel compelled.

  15. “How about owners/teams honoring the contracts as well? Any comment on that?”

    If the teams cut these guys or they’re injured, the team eats the full signing bonus and the player doesn’t have to repay a single dollar. That’s my comment.

  16. michaeltb12 says:
    June 4, 2019 at 12:40 pm
    Why do players bother making deals if they will later complain about them??? There just building up drama.

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Kyle Long just restructured his contract to make less so the team would be able to keep other guys around. Brady has done the same multiple times.

  17. How much is he making including prorated bonus (i.e., what is his cap charge)? That is the better indicator of what he is making, not just the salary (for comparison to the $15.5 amount). As he plays about 3/4 of a season average the last three years, wouldn’t a smart team pay him less? He is not a top tackle, right?

  18. He may still be good, but what good is that if he’s either injured or holding out? He hasn’t played a full season since 2013. Washington should get rid of him and find a tackle on the right side of 30yo without the injury history.

  19. Williams has been an incredible player for the team but since going vegan, he has has two injury plagued seasons. Might be wrong, but I think it might be time to move on rather than pay more. He is making great money as is.

  20. forgetaboutitbro says: “Kyle Long just restructured his contract to make less so the team would be able to keep other guys around. Brady has done the same multiple times.”
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    Yes, because Brady is so magnanimous, he’s only playing for the veteran minimum after making ONLY $217.2 million in his NFL career. Wait…he’s not?!?

    And Gisele is worth how much?!? $360 MILLION!?! That’s TWICE of Brady’s net worth – so yeah, he’s earnings is meaningless to his family unlike every other NFL player.

  21. At 31 with two years left on his contract there isn’t a better time to ask for a new contract. There is a big contract difference between a 31 year old LT and a 33 year old LT. I would ask for an extension now rather than a new contract, but that’s me.

  22. This guy has multiple years left on his deal, I hope the Skins tell him to pound sand. It infuriates me to no end when players with multiple years left want to rework their deal just because the LT market has went up since they last signed a deal, a deal that at the time made Williams the highest paid LT in the league. What makes this guy thinks he’s entitled to a new deal is beyond me, especially with him missing so much time over the last few seasons. No one in their right mind would sign him to a top of the market deal in F/A due to his injuries & age & it is not like the guy is underpaid, he makes a GRIP of money each year. Williams needs to do the right thing and show up.

  23. Half Centaur says:
    June 4, 2019 at 1:45 pm
    The new CBA will probably involve shorter contracts that are fully guaranteed.
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    I’m a broken record concerning the rank and file NFLer.
    The average NFLer ought to eat that up.
    I’d like to see a 2 year guarantee for rookies.
    I don’t care how bad they are after year 1. 2 years.
    I wouldn’t go for contracts over 4 years.

    Should also toss the franchise tag if you do that.
    The contract starts now, end then, pays this. Done.
    No games.

    It would raise fan interest in the off season as a bunch more players would be looking for a deal
    somewhere. They’d be competing with the draft. It might be better to go with someone with a pro track record instead of just a college record.

    That could hurt the college players. Tough. They don’t get a vote until they are a pro.

    Max terms of 4 years would mean less hold outs for more $$$$s. Good players would be playing for the next contract more often.

  24. hawkkiller says: “It infuriates me to no end when players with multiple years left want to rework their deal”
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    Seriously, it “infuriates me to no end” because you’re one of 32 team owners secretly posting on PFT? Otherwise, you have ZERO business interest in how much a player should or should not be paid.

    So please just stop with the fake internet outrage.

  25. Redskins are foolish for letting it get to this point. They always have money to give a Johnny Come Lately like Norman or Collins a record contract but now they have no cap room to do right by their homegrown, 7 consecutive Pro Bowl, team leader LT who for years has been classier and harder working than this franchise has really deserved.

  26. I wish some car dealership would give me 40k of trade in value for a car I bought 3 years ago for 30k. Why doesn’t life and sports contracts work that way? Why?

  27. billsbackto81 says:
    June 4, 2019 at 4:54 pm
    I wish some car dealership would give me 40k of trade in value for a car I bought 3 years ago for 30k. Why doesn’t life and sports contracts work that way? Why?
    ——————————————————————————————–Well if you bought a watch it would’ve appreciated.

  28. It’s a business when owners/teams don’t honor contracts, but players are selfish, spoiled, primadonnas when they’ve outperformed their contract and want to restructure in order to get paid market value. Something doesn’t add up here.

  29. jalbs says:
    June 4, 2019 at 12:48 pm
    jdavis1877 says:

    June 4, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    it would be refreshing if one of these guys actually played the contract THEY signed.
    ————————————————————–

    How about owners/teams honoring the contracts as well? Any comment on that?
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    If you want guaranteed contracts , play baseball or basketball! …or, negotiate a play friendly CBA!

  30. Contract aside…..

    It’s amazing how the Redskins have had 2 of the best left tackles in the game for nearly 2 decades straight (Trent William’s and Chris Samuels) and have absolutely nothing to show for it. Give most teams in the NFL 2 decades of excellent LT play and they would have multiple superbowls.

  31. If they were smart, they would trade him. Get a high pick and maybe some depth at safety and ILB. Use our certain top 5 pick next year on a cheaper healthier LT. We’re not going anywhere until we get a QB and there isn’t a serviceable one on the roster right now…and remember Trent hasn’t played a full season since 2013 and is one puff away from a season long suspension.

  32. Next owner’s meeting they all need to get together and eliminate this. Just refuse to re-sign anyone. If they don’t like their contracts tell them to blame their agents.

  33. jalbs says:
    June 4, 2019 at 12:48 pm
    jdavis1877 says:
    June 4, 2019 at 12:40 pm
    it would be refreshing if one of these guys actually played the contract THEY signed.
    ————————————————————–
    How about owners/teams honoring the contracts as well? Any comment on that?
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    ok, maybe but even if they did honor these contracts they would STILL complain. If you don’t like the contract then don’t bother making the deal.

  34. Sign nothing but one-year contracts if you’re a “businessman”-type player like Williams here. That way, he’d never have to whine about being “underpaid”. Seems a simple enough concept that none of these rocket surgeons have yet grasped.

  35. When healthy the dude is a beast. Problem is he has missed 13 games over the last 3 years and isn’t getting any younger. He also is a bong hit away from a long suspension. Not sure if this is his best negotiating ploy. If the Skins can get a second round pick for him they should make that deal in a second.

  36. michaeltb12 says:

    June 4, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    Why do players bother making deals if they will later complain about them??? There just building up drama.
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    Why do GMs sign players to deals only to later cut them?

  37. Just guarantee contracts. No longer than 3 years on any deal. Give every team 2 contract exemptions for players with long term injury that would not count against the cap until the player was healthy again. Of course this would do away with the funny money salary cap moves teams make every year. I get the players wanting to get paid but signing a deal by the player and honering it by the team shouldn’t be too much to ask. As a long suffering Lions fan having 2 of the better defenders missing mini camp looking for more money when both have 2 year’s remaining on current deals is frustrating

  38. Guaranteed contracts are only relevant when a player is not worth the money due. IF a player is worth the money, then he won’t be cut, and will collect. That fact has long been lost on those who place so much emphasis on guaranteed money.

  39. One thing that has played out over the years is: with Snyder/Allen this team is average at best. This team isn’t close. Not a player or two away.

    May as well embrace a rebuild (if there was competent enough management) and trade TW and Kerrigan while they are at it and get maximum draft picks.

    Management is good for seven losses and coaching three. There. No reason to even bother watching.

  40. Trent Williams deserves it.

    That guy plays injured from almost the first snap of every season. He’s a monster (I say this as a Cowboys fan)

    even hurting, he’s STILL one of the top 3 OTs in the league (along w/ Jason Peters & Tyron Smith)

  41. It’s funny how many people side with owners on articles like this but complain about their greed in others. So which is it?? If the owners/team are allowed to end the agreement prematurely, why aren’t the players able to hold out before their contract expires? Some of you talk out of both sides of your mouths…regularly. And to the guy talking about teams eating signing bonuses…those are paid off within the first couple years of the contract, so no, normally the teams are not eating those. Want to try again?

  42. jdavis1877 says:

    June 4, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    it would be refreshing if one of these guys actually played the contract THEY signed.
    ————————————————————–

    How about owners/teams honoring the contracts as well? Any comment on that?

    I have one for you.. The owners do honor the contract word for word. It is the players fault for signing a contract that allows the team an easy out after a year or two just so they can say they got a big contract and look good about it.They know exactly what they are agreeing to when they sign. The player however is obligated by the same contract so if he does not play it out he is breaking the contract. A bad contract is not the owner or teams fault. The player does not have to sign and if he does he should play it out. So legally and morally you really have no point since it is all upon the player and his agent to work the contract with the team. Dumb argument that keeps getting brought up and it has no merit.

  43. Hall of Fame LT who has been the team’s best player over the last 10 seasons and is still Top 3 at his position. But most Redskins fans are mad that he wants to be paid like Nate Solder. Smh.

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