Trent Williams’ agent publicly requests trade or release

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Quinton Dunbar got what he wanted. Trent Williams now wants to get what he has wanted, for a while.

Agent Vince Taylor distributed to the media on Tuesday a statement in which he requests on behalf of the Washington left tackle a permanent separation.

“The relationship between the Redskins and Trent Williams has reached a point where it’s in the best interest that the Redskins trade or release him,” Taylor writes. “Despite its knowledge of the irreconcilable differences, Washington was unable (or unwilling) to negotiate a trade of Williams. The team then gave Williams and his representatives the right to seek trading partners. Williams’ representatives provided the team with trading options, but the Redskins have shown no interest in negotiating in good faith, and, in fact, have given inconsistent demand on what it wants in return for a trade.”

Another factor in this equation is what Williams wants in a new contract. Some have reported that he’s looking for $20 million per year. That will limit what a team is willing to surrender in trade.

“Throughout the process, Williams has maintained his silence and not spoken negatively about the team nor has he pursued potential legal actions. This seems to not be a successful strategy,” Taylor adds. “Players who are outwardly critical of the team do get traded.”

Taylor apparently is referring to Dunbar, who jostled for a trade and finally got one, to Seattle. Williams had taken his case public last year after he ended a holdout and landed on the non-football injury list due to lingering issues relating to the tumor that was removed from his head. He expressed in blunt, candid fashion his concerns regarding the manner in which the team handled the situation.

“Although Trent Williams will always love and respect Dan Snyder, his teammates, and the Washington Redskins’ fans, he wants to be traded or released,” Taylor explains. “It’s time for the organization to act in a manner that is in both Williams’ and the team’s best interest.”

Washington has held firm on Williams, through 2019 and since the hiring of new coach Ron Rivera and the firing of Bruce Allen. At some point, the smart move will be to get what they can for Williams, and to move on.

36 responses to “Trent Williams’ agent publicly requests trade or release

  1. I’d let him twist in the wind for the remainder of his playable years, to serve as a cautionary tale for others

  2. They already have agreed to let Williams seek a trade. What else does Williams want? It’s up to his agent to get him a new home, not the Redskins.

  3. “the smart move will be to get what they can for Williams, and to move on”

    You’re right, of course.

    Maybe Rivera gives hope of things changing, but using “the smart move” and “the Redskins” together is… well, it hasn’t been a smart move to think that possible for a long, long time.

  4. jasons81 says:
    March 24, 2020 at 11:02 am
    I’d let him twist in the wind for the remainder of his playable years, to serve as a cautionary tale for others

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    Too emotional, not very smart business decision. See Tom Coughlin as exhibit A.

  5. Don’t forget, this is the same outfit that paid Cousins an insane fortune rather than trade or release him. One could conclude there’s more to their reasoning than meets the eye.

  6. Why release him? I would hold out until someone gives you a 1st round pick or whatever the skins are asking. Dont bow down to the clown who cant fulfill his millionaire contract that he and his NFLPA union agreed to.

  7. Just trade or release the man. The only reason not to do it this point is out of spite. He CLEARLY is not going to play for Washington anymore and it’s a waste of money and time to keep him permanently on the bench. Even if you get a 7th round pick at least itll he someone who potentially plays at least 1 game for you.

    It’s like Snyder is unhappy that his abominable reputation isnt somehow worse.

  8. I have no sympathy for Williams. He has acted like a child and has tried to manipulate this drama from the beginning. It was about money from the beginning. The medical stuff is just a ploy to make him sound like the victim. I wouldn’t sign him.

  9. If you read the article you’d see that his agent brought trade opps to the team and they refuse. Typical Redskin ownership.

    I hope redskin fans realize this is the crap that makes free agents not want to sign with your team. Let him go. What do you care?

    This franchise won’t sniff a super bowl for the foreseeable future. Shame really such history being destroyed.

  10. You people do know that you are talking about the Redskins organization right? I wouldn’t want to be there either.

  11. There are no willing trade partners when Williams’ agent is demanding $20mm AAV. Redskins aren’t the problem here.

  12. Not worth 20 mil a year. A team will like overspend on him if he’s released, but won’t give up draft compensation plus give him a huge contract. He really has no leverage with barely playing the last couple of seasons.

  13. You can’t have it both ways, Trent. You expect top dollar, the Redskins should be able to expect top trade value. If your, as you seem to think, the best out there, then Redskins should be able to get a 1 for you. Maybe you’re not as hot as you think you are.

  14. lthacker28shackman28 says:
    March 24, 2020 at 11:07 am

    They already have agreed to let Williams seek a trade. What else does Williams want? It’s up to his agent to get him a new home, not the Redskins.

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    If they’re being inconsistent in their trade demands, that means that someone made and offer, and the Skins said, “no, we need x”. Then they found someone to offer “x’, and they said no again. That’s not on Trent or his agent.

  15. He had weed issues – at least one suspension (while not an issue with the new CBA, it demonstrated that he cared not about the team) While he’s made a bunch of Pro Bowls, he’s never made All Pro, which is not the popularity contest that the Pro Bowl is. Plus=, he was a turnstile at critical times. Admittedly Bruch Allen butchered the relationship, but Ron Rivera’s judgment is more trustworthy than Cousin Brucie, and Rivera has shown no inclination to pay him $10 million MORE than his current salary. and extend his deal, which is what he wants. Plus they gave him permission to seek a trade, and the market has spoken. If there was a credible offer, Rivera would have taken it happily. Let him sit and rot – they can win or lose with or without him.

  16. Wait.. his agent wants Williams to be released or traded for nothing?! color me surprised :/

  17. “Shame really such history being destroyed.”
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    No, no it’s not a shame. This franchise has always been full of itself and their fans are even worse. I have no sympathy for the franchise or its fans. The players? Well yes, some. But the truth is they all make insane money so no, I don’t cry for any of them.

  18. I’ll gladly give up 1 1st round pick, to grossly overpay an older vet who hasn’t played in a year. In fact, I’ll give up 2 first round picks. That worked out well for Bill O’Brien.

    Trent – just play, have a good year and someone else will pay you. You aren’t helping yourself.

  19. If they’re being inconsistent in their trade demands, that means that someone made an offer, and the Skins said, “no, we need x”. Then they found someone to offer “x’, and they said no again. That’s not on Trent or his agent.

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    And until I have more than Williams’ agent making that accusation, I will reserve judgment as to its veracity.

  20. cardinealsfan2o says:
    March 24, 2020 at 12:29 pm
    “Shame really such history being destroyed.”
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    No, no it’s not a shame. This franchise has always been full of itself and their fans are even worse. I have no sympathy for the franchise or its fans. The players? Well yes, some. But the truth is they all make insane money so no, I don’t cry for any of them.

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    Not sure when you were born, but the redskins are a storied franchise that has great players, coaches, and leadership. Then Snyder bought the team.

    And the fans whether you like them or not have nothing to do with what players come and go. However they pay good money for crap. They are being cheated.

    As for players and their millions, if you were capable you’d do it to. To say you would t is a lie.

  21. No matter how desperately I needed a LT I wouldn’t want him. I am not sure he is the kind of influence I want in my locker room, or on my team. Draft a prospect and coach him up. This guy is not the answer.

  22. Trent wants too much money? Some of you act like this is the Redskins fault! And to sit here and ask for a release with no compensation is total madness!

  23. Trade requires new contract and maybe no one wants to meet his contract demands. That ain’t the Skins’ fault.

  24. cardinealsfan2o says:
    March 24, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    If they’re being inconsistent in their trade demands, that means that someone made an offer, and the Skins said, “no, we need x”. Then they found someone to offer “x’, and they said no again. That’s not on Trent or his agent.

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    And until I have more than Williams’ agent making that accusation, I will reserve judgment as to its veracity.

    —-

    Fair enough. However, lets not act like the overall image of Washington’s FO is positive.

  25. dmca12 says:
    March 24, 2020 at 1:15 pm
    Trade requires new contract and maybe no one wants to meet his contract demands. That ain’t the Skins’ fault.

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    No one wants to meet the Redskins demands, that’s a different situation.

  26. It just slays me how NFL owners have so many fans bamboozled. A team can cut a player mid-contract and no one calls foul on the owner. Yet a player outperforms their contract, is stuck with a clearly incompetent losing organization, the team botches up medical treatment, and the team tells the player to line up trades trade yet rejects numerous options the player brings to the team with differing inconsistent demands — and the player is the greedy bad guy that deserves to twist in the wind? Sheesh.

  27. davinci15 says:
    March 24, 2020 at 11:23 am
    jasons81 says:
    March 24, 2020 at 11:02 am
    I’d let him twist in the wind for the remainder of his playable years, to serve as a cautionary tale for others

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    Too emotional, not very smart business decision. See Tom Coughlin as exhibit A.

    Emotion is exactly why he’s wanting a trade, because the Redskins hurt his feelings. I would keep him twisting in the wind for business purposes, so other players don’t think they can pout and whine until they get their way.

  28. Let’s settle this…

    Trent Williams is not a good player, he is a GREAT player. That is where the compliments will stop.

    The redskins have stood behind you when you FAILED TWO DRUG TESTS. Idiot!

    When YOU signed your last contract, YOU were the highest paid LT in the league. Again, YOU signed the last contract. If you read Trents comments after he signed the deal, he praised the Redskins and wanted to be a life long redskin.

    I don’t want to hear about loyalty from employer and employee. The fact that he signed the contract for this many years is his fault. He should have signed a 2 or 3 year deal if he wanted to negotiate sooner.

    Play out your deal and honor your contract. You look like an idiot. I am no fan of Bruce Allen but I agree with him that is HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT THE MONEY with Trent.

    Way to be a leader of the team Trent. Captain my A@@!!!!

  29. I’m on Williams’ side in regards to how he was handled by the previous Redskins administration, but we have to be fair in noting that he actually DID say some negative things about the team. They sounded accurate, and Williams did wait for a while before speaking, but nevertheless he did say that Allen fosters a bad culture and that the team’s doctors acted negligently. Again, I think his accusations are believable, but his agent is wrong in stating that his client did not speak negatively.

  30. They’re not going to release him. That would be Bruce Allen levels of stupid. If he wants to help speed trade along, he’ll drop his demands for a new contract. Show his new team that he can still play at an all-pro level and he’ll get the new contract he wants after next year.

  31. ak185 says:
    March 24, 2020 at 11:14 pm
    I’m on Williams’ side in regards to how he was handled by the previous Redskins administration, but we have to be fair in noting that he actually DID say some negative things about the team. They sounded accurate, and Williams did wait for a while before speaking, but nevertheless he did say that Allen fosters a bad culture and that the team’s doctors acted negligently. Again, I think his accusations are believable, but his agent is wrong in stating that his client did not speak negatively.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    His negative comments came after his unsuccessful attempt to get more money. Once he realized the Redskins would not do a new deal, he wanted out but had no leverage. The medical stuff came up but he neglected to mention his own role over the years. Then he tried to claim he couldn’t play for the Redskins because of the pain caused by his helmet. Somehow that pain would not be there if he were allowed to play for someone else. Williams has manipulated this entire drama and holds ALL blame.

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