Is Trent Williams’ absence only about money?

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Word emerged on Tuesday that Washington tackle Trent Williams isn’t present for the team’s mandatory minicamp. His concern reportedly is contractual. There’s reason to believe, however, that the problem could be bigger than the size of his paychecks.

Consider this: It appears that Williams hasn’t been around at all this offseason, and that the team had done a great job of keeping it all very quiet.

“We have been talking to Trent a little bit here and there,” coach Jay Gruden told reporters on Tuesday. “He is not here [at practice], you are right. As far as holding out for whatever reasons, that is between Trent and Eric [Schaffer] and Bruce [Allen]. Hopefully, we’ll get it all situated soon and get him back here.”

Gruden’s comments seem to validate the notion that the concern is contractual. But there’s a sense in some league circles that Williams is concerned about more than his contract, and that he has hard feelings against the team regarding the manner in which the tumor/growth on his head was handled.

Indeed, it’s not as if Williams is withholding on-field services as leverage. Gruden confirmed that Williams wouldn’t be practicing, even if he were participating in the mandatory minicamp.

“Yeah, he is still recovering,” Gruden said of Williams. “He wouldn’t be able to practice anyway. He is still recovering from that. He’ll get that taken care of.”

The real question is whether he thinks the team did enough to ensure that it was taken care of, and whether that’s contributing to his current decision to stay away from the team.

5 responses to “Is Trent Williams’ absence only about money?

  1. The front office managed to piss off a guy who has made seven consecutive Pro Bowls at a critical position and is still a top 3 LT with legitimate HoF candidacy.

    But Redskins fans are somehow instead mad at Trent Williams for wanting Nate Solder money.

  2. Yeah so I’m just wondering: was the tumor a football injury? See, I’m not quite sure why the team’s medical people were involved in the treatment, or why Williams would think the team didn’t do enough to ensure it was taken care of, whatever that means.

    Bottom line is this may be another example of the media trying to make a problem between player and team that doesn’t even exist.

  3. Trent has made close to 100 million off the skins since being drafted and has 2 years left on his current contract paying him 13 mill a year. He hasnt played full season since 2013, has missed 30% of the games due to lower extremity injuries and is 31 years old. He also knows that they have a bunch of money tied up in alex smith, not to mention his boy Scherff is up next to get paid so hes screwing him too. Trent may have leverage over the skins because they dont have a quality backup behind him but im not sure how much more someone else would be wiling to pay him (after the trade he asked for) for a 31 year old that doesnt practice during the week because he needs rest and only plays 70% of games.

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