Trent Williams to Cleveland rumor emerges

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Dysfunctional teams do dysfunctional things. But sometimes they do something that makes sense, against their nature.

Washington may soon be throwing in the towel on the Trent Williams holdout, trading the disgruntled left tackle in advance of the deadline that arrives in only two weeks.

Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository shares the news with a tweet that is oozing more with rumor than it is dripping with hard news: “Hearing Trent Williams should be on Browns roster quite soon.”

The Browns clearly need the help at left tackle, and they’re surely feeling sufficiently desperate at 2-4 to try to turn things around with a big, bold move that would help bolster one of the biggest flaws on their offense, which would make it easier for sophomore slumping quarterback Baker Mayfield to buy more time to throw.

It’s unclear whether other teams are pursuing Williams; he’s good enough that there should be an auction for his services. Doerschuk’s information, if accurate, implies that the auction (f there is one) has ended, that the Browns have emerged as the winners, and that it’s only a matter of time before Williams officially is shipped to Cleveland.

45 responses to “Trent Williams to Cleveland rumor emerges

  1. Get him! He smacked Richard Sherman in the face. He deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame for that alone.

  2. Not a fan of this move for the Browns unless it was for a late round draft pick. That seems unlikely. Overpaying for an aging player who’s missed significant time to injuries is a mistake that will almost always come back to bite you on the backside. The offensive line has one great player (Bitonio), one middle of the road player (Tretter) and 3 players that should only see the field in a backup capacity. The need is there, but trying to fill the need with desperate moves isn’t the answer. Oh well…Go Browns!!

  3. People crack me up saying it should be for late round picks. That would be a DREAM world. He is the best left tackle in the game when healthy. He is a flat out beast.

  4. Just so the trade doesn’t involve Allen getting draft picks as he knows not how to use them. Maybe the Skins could throw Allen in as part of the trade? Please??? Then it might be worth it….

  5. Was the Austin Corbett trade to the Rams clearing a roster spot for Williams? That would make sense.

  6. “It’s unclear whether other teams are pursuing Williams”


    According to a source close to the Redskins, multiple teams are interested and are already offering 1st, 2nd round picks.

  7. This is not happening. FAKE NEWS!! I mean, Allen said that Williams was not going to be traded and that he was only going to play for the Redskins. If Allen says it . . . it must be true.

  8. SZ Ohio says:
    October 15, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Not a fan of this move for the Browns unless it was for a late round draft pick.
    Maybe the Skins will just send him to Cleveland for free.

  9. allentx says:
    October 15, 2019 at 5:59 pm
    People crack me up saying it should be for late round picks. That would be a DREAM world. He is the best left tackle in the game when healthy. He is a flat out beast.


    He’s also 31 with health problems, conflicts with management and hasn’t been on a football field since December. I hear Orlando Pace is available! He’s also among the best in the game when healthy.

  10. First off, how can the writer act like this would be the one move we’ve made that makes sense? Dorsey has been incredible since coming here. Our only thing we’re weak at is tackles, other than that we’re on the verge of having a huge run to end the season. And why are people acting panicked? A super young team that starts the season on a 7 game run that features 6 playoff teams from last year, 2 undefeated. Even the Patriots would struggle with that.
    I feel like this deal was being worked on months ago, and we’ve been waiting for the bye to pull it off. It makes sense, after the Patriots, who I expect to smash us like everybody else they played, our schedule gets wayyyyyyyyyy easier, so why not wait, avoid an early season injury, and finish strong? Honestly we’re probly talking to teams about RT’s too, we’ve got the cash. Watch how much better Baker is with someone who can block. #3 rated o-line last year, set rookie records.He’s far from the problem.

  11. Vintage Bruce Allen — he botches another important personnel move and now will trade Williams for a fraction of the trade value he could have received at the start of the season. This is deja vu all over again. Allen also failed to sign Cousins to a long term contract at reasonable could in 2014 and then compounded that gaffe by failing to trade Cousins for a bushel of picks when it was clear to everyone (except Allen) that there was no way Cousins was coming back. It is no wonder that Skins are one point better than the worst NFL team in the last 25 years, a team literally trying to lose. Washington has no hope with Snyder and Allen in charge.

  12. What do the Browns have against all-pro LT’s? They’ve already ruined the career of one of the greats with their perennial losing and now they want to do the same to this guy? Ought to be a law against franchises like this trading for elite talent…

  13. tiger2471 says:
    October 15, 2019 at 5:52 pm
    I really hope it’s for a couple picks at least, 2nd and 3rd round.
    The closer it gets to the deadline, the more the Redskins are thinking about how they get nothing next year when he goes FA. The could tag him again, but he won’t sign. Usually, and I do stress usually in these types of situations it’s for one or a couple late round picks, especially with an uncertainty about his next contract. Plus if he don’t want traded to Cleveland, he just won’t sign this years tag.

  14. What if Raiders traded one of their first round picks for him?

    Wow. Trent Williams, Richie Incognito, Rodney Hudson, Gabe Jackson, Trent Brown.

    Jacobs running behind them would be scary.

  15. “It’s unclear whether other teams are pursuing Williams”

    Its known the Pats reached out about him a few weeks ago when this first came to head between Williams and the Redskins.

    And like many teams this season sure could use help on the Oline given they’ve been starting a guy who spent his career as a 3rd stringer.

  16. Damaged goods…

    … but…

    … still probably better than anyone on the Bengals O-Line.

  17. carloswlassiter says:
    October 15, 2019 at 6:09 pm
    SZ Ohio says:
    October 15, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Not a fan of this move for the Browns unless it was for a late round draft pick.
    Maybe the Skins will just send him to Cleveland for free.

    You left off the part where I said “that seems unlikely.” But feel free to chop up people’s posts to make them work the way you want them too.

  18. This reeks of desperation. It would help the Browns but it’ll be too little, too late. He’ll take time learning the offense and getting into football shape. They’ll get him for 2 years beyond this one I believe, so you get extra years but I don’t think making this move makes them that much better this year. Not the Browns fault, Washington was dumb and should’ve traded Williams at the beginning of the season. They could have gotten more in compensation than this close to the deadline, Williams’ value this year just keeps going down every day he’s not traded. Washington just doesn’t do the logical thing.

  19. Nothing less than a one for the best left tackle in the game. The Silverback can be quite nasty.

  20. chronsy says:
    October 15, 2019 at 5:51 pm
    Hopefully they fax in the paperwork before the deadline..


    Underrated comment

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