Trent Williams wants more money, Ron Rivera says they’re “in a good place”

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Washington offensive tackle Trent Williams is no longer adamant that he’ll never play for the team again, but that doesn’t mean he’ll definitely show up to work for the $14.5 million he’s owed this year.

Last year, Williams was so furious with what he felt was a misdiagnosis from the team’s medical staff that he said he wouldn’t play for the team again. But with virtually everyone Williams was mad at no longer involved in the franchise, Williams has softened his stance. New Washington head coach Ron Rivera said he and Williams spoke and that he’s optimistic about Williams’ future with the team.

“We’re working through the details,” Rivera said. “We’re in a good place, a good conversation and we’re going to go from there.”

That doesn’t mean Williams is all-in this year, however, and John Keim of ESPN reports that Williams wants to be the highest-paid offensive tackle in the NFL. That would require Washington to pay him more than $18 million a year. And while Rivera wants Williams back, it’s unclear whether he wants him back at the kind of salary cap hit a new contract would require.

It’s also possible Washington could trade Williams, although if they’re trying to develop Dwayne Haskins as their franchise quarterback, trading away a high-quality left tackle would be a strange way to do that.

So Williams’ future in Washington remains murky. Even if Williams is a lot more open to the idea of playing for a team run by Rivera than he was playing for Bruce Allen and Jay Gruden.

12 responses to “Trent Williams wants more money, Ron Rivera says they’re “in a good place”

  1. The highest paid OT in the game. Get rid of him. Even if they paid him $25M he’d find something to complain about and sit out because he had his feelings hurt. Trade him to the Bengals or another terrible team. I’d even dump him for a 7th round pick. He’s more trouble than he’s worth.

  2. Should have traded him last year when he had high value and the team little leverage. Instead Snyder and Allen were spiteful and dug their heels in.

    Pats and several other teams last season were desperate for quality Oline help. They could have gotten a decent package of picks for him.

  3. if you are only getting a low puck for him, let him sit and put him in his place. caving to every whiny players demand is ruining the league. tell him the only way he gets moved is if he apologizes to everyone he’s blamed for his refusal to act like a grown man and take care of his own health. he blew off appointments to have his growth looked at! then blamed everyone but himself.

  4. That’s laughable. He didn’t play last year. They’ll trot out Donald Penn before they do that.

  5. The Skins blew it again. They should have traded him when his value was up. He’s not even a top 5 LT and hasn’t played in a spell. How can he think he deserves top Tackle money? He seems to be more headache then he’s worth.

  6. This guy is a piece of work. Been missing time here and there the past couple of seasons and now wants a raise? We don’t even know what kind of player he is anymore. I wouldn’t give him one more penny than what he is due until he shows he’s back on board with the franchise. If Trent was serious he would show up in the best shape of his life, out last year behind him and make 32 teams bid for his services in 21’. At 32, you could still command a pretty hefty salary if you show you are still on top of your game. Sounds to me like he doesn’t want to do that and go the old Haynesworth pack it in way. Lol forget it.

  7. For all his issues, he’s still worth more to the Redskins in the lineup than anything he’d bring in a trade. They need to offer him a pay raise (not what he’s asking though)as part of a multi-year extension with adequate guaranteed money.

    If he refuses the deal, allow him to seek a trade that nets the team at minimum a 2nd and 3rd round pick in April. If he does that, let him go. Otherwise he plays out the last season on his existing deal and then is a free agent.

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