Where will Trent Williams land?

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In 2019, he sat out the full season in Washington. In 2020, he instantly became the starting left tackle in San Francisco. Now, Trent Williams is heading to free agency for the first time.

Regarded as one of the top available offensive linemen in free agency, the 49ers want to keep Williams. He recently said he’d like to stay with the 49ers. Mike Garafolo of NFL Media recently said that the 49ers are making a “strong push” to keep Williams.

Williams, however, wants fair value. And even though the legal tampering period doesn’t begin until Monday, illegal tampering has been happening for weeks. Indeed, if Williams were to sign before Monday, it would mean that his agents knows what else is available, and the 49ers offered something good enough to Williams in comparison to other teams.

That’s one of the things to keep in mind as new deals get done in these days before the pre-free agency negotiating period. Players that re-sign with their current teams do so after knowing what is (or isn’t) out there elsewhere.

Williams, who turns 33 in June, could help any team that needs a plug-and-play left tackle. The question becomes cost, especially with a reduced salary cap. The Chiefs just cut Eric Fisher, the Vikings have released Riley Reiff, and Anthony Costanzo retired from the Colts. Any of those teams could use him immediately.

Other teams, given the cap space, also could be in play. That could force the 49ers to pay more than they’d like to pay to keep him.

44 responses to “Where will Trent Williams land?

  1. He’s already said the Niners are his first choice. He’s never tested free agency so he wants to his value. The Niners aren’t going to let him go. The Niners are in the top 10 in cap space and are reworking more deals to create more. 4 years 80 million with 62 million guaranteed would be a good bet. He will stay in San Fran.

  2. Trent is good for 9 games tops!

    Certainly not the 17 game schedule that is coming.

  3. Ya if I were him I’d be all about KC. Take a solid deal for 3 years and likely walk away with at least one ring, good chance at 2.

  4. Likely lands with the Colts. They still have plenty of cap space and likely contenders.

  5. Hopefully on unemployment and drunk in the middle of a parking lot. What a worthless person this guy became.

  6. You say Minny might be interested? Nah Cousins has all their money. Nothing but chump change left for sub-par linemen.

  7. Still one of the best tackles in the game. He was able to escape the dumpster fire in DC and land on a better run organization in SF. He should get a hefty contract from a team with problems at left tackle. After being on a losing team in Washington for so long, you can bet he’s looking for a team with a chance to win now.

  8. If I’m the 9ERS. I offer him the going rate and if someone wants to over pay.
    Oh well let that team over pay and let him go

    Use that money to Sign another OT or draft one and try re sign our slot CB and one or two other CBs along with a pass rushing DE (Okworo, Lawson, Barrett, Dunlap,etc) and veteran center.

    William’s is wanted but not if its going to take them to cut their noses off to save their face

  9. Jacksonville has the money, and will have a rookie QB they really wanna protect. Would not surprise me to see them make a push for him but depends if he values money or rings more at this point in his career.

  10. bbenz1975 says:

    March 13, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    We don’t want him in DC.

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    Is this like the ex-girlfriend who dumped you and you dont want her now cause you cant have her? WFT sat on William’s rights for over a year because they wanted him and only gave in when they realized he wanted out at all costs.

  11. niners816 says:
    March 13, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    He’s already said the Niners are his first choice. He’s never tested free agency so he wants to his value. The Niners aren’t going to let him go. The Niners are in the top 10 in cap space and are reworking more deals to create more. 4 years 80 million with 62 million guaranteed would be a good bet. He will stay in San Fran.

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    There is no way he is going to get close to $62 million guaranteed from anyone.

  12. Yes, he could plugin and play however cost and age is the big issue. You also have cheap labor (the NFL draft) providing additional options. He could be looking at a 2-3 hear deal depending on dollars involved, nothing longer than that. He may value himself more than other teams.

  13. skinsfan715 says:
    March 13, 2021 at 5:01 pm
    Likely lands with the Colts. They still have plenty of cap space and likely contenders.

    27 20 Rate This

    Before they traded for Wentz I would’v agreed, but now that they have AND they’re stuck with him for the next 2 years AND they have 3 O-linemen coming up for extensions I don’t see him going there, only so much of the pie to go around.

  14. KC didn’t just cut Fisher and Schwartz just to spend similar money on someone largely unfamiliar with the offense. I’m not sure where exactly he’d fit in, but KC definitely isn’t it.

  15. Tough call, Jags could absolutely use him but they just tagged Robinson so now that seems unlikely. Jets could use him but won’t make that move unless they plan on switching him or Becton to RT. Cincy could really use him, Burrow needs protection badly. Chargers could use him as well to protect Herbert. Obviously Carolina could use him as well to replace Okung unless they plan to play Moton there, and of course going back to SF makes a lot of sense as well. As of right now I’d say Cincy/LAC have the edge, followed by SF and Carolina.

  16. andyreidsmustache says:
    March 13, 2021 at 6:21 pm
    KC didn’t just cut Fisher and Schwartz just to spend similar money on someone largely unfamiliar with the offense. I’m not sure where exactly he’d fit in, but KC definitely isn’t it.
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    Exactly right. If he’s just looking to get paid, he needs to look elsewhere. If his primary goal is a chance at a championship, he needs to be willing to compromise on the cash because the Chiefs will not over pay for what amounts to a short-term fix.

  17. niners816 says:
    March 13, 2021 at 4:43 pm
    He’s already said the Niners are his first choice. He’s never tested free agency so he wants to his value. The Niners aren’t going to let him go. The Niners are in the top 10 in cap space and are reworking more deals to create more. 4 years 80 million with 62 million guaranteed would be a good bet. He will stay in San Fran.
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    So let me get this straight, the 49ers could’ve signed him to a contract extension, but decided to let him hit free agency, so they could then perhaps be involved in a bidding war to sign him?

  18. Christopher Allan says:
    March 13, 2021 at 6:48 pm
    niners816 says:
    March 13, 2021 at 4:43 pm
    He’s already said the Niners are his first choice. He’s never tested free agency so he wants to his value. The Niners aren’t going to let him go. The Niners are in the top 10 in cap space and are reworking more deals to create more. 4 years 80 million with 62 million guaranteed would be a good bet. He will stay in San Fran.
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    So let me get this straight, the 49ers could’ve signed him to a contract extension, but decided to let him hit free agency, so they could then perhaps be involved in a bidding war to sign him?
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    That was one of the the things they discussed. He also has a clause in his contract that the Niners couldn’t tag him. So that’s why he never redid the contract..the Niners already knew this coming in and so did Trent Williams. He’ll be back with the Niners. Watch.

  19. Doubt he wants to finish his career playing for a loser, so that rules out SF as long as Crapoppolo is there. And the Colts as long as Wentz is there. And Minnesota as long as Cousins is there.

    He’ll be pancaking the AFC West next season in a Chiefs uniform blocking for a QB and team set to make Super Bowl runs during the entire length of whatever contract he signs.

  20. Whatever team offers an additional dollar. Let’s hope for the Montreal Alouettes

  21. This man is extremely talented. He will command top-dollar. Jets, Chargers, and Bengals all have a ton of cap and young QBs to protect.

  22. wdcskins says:
    March 13, 2021 at 4:44 pm
    Awesome. Overspend for a fragile quitter diva.

    +++

    From what we’ve seen, the WFT should be an authority on quitters and divas. And bad ownership! Wow, strike 1, strike 2, strike 3.

  23. bkinacti0n says:
    March 13, 2021 at 7:03 pm
    This man is extremely talented. He will command top-dollar. Jets, Chargers, and Bengals all have a ton of cap and young QBs to protect.

    +++

    I’m sure money is important to him, but at 33, don’t you think winning might be, too?

    If he can get paid somewhere and have a chance to win, you really think he’d sign with the Jets, Chargers and Bengals? None of those teams are ready to win now, no matter how fast Herbert and Burrow come along.

    Sometimes, I honestly think NFL owners post on here…

  24. There is no such thing as a salary cap anymore so why not just sign him to a massive deal and convert it all to signing bonus and push the cap hit to a later date when another restructure is due which allows you to push the cap hit more?

    I don’t understand what’s happened this week.

  25. Orlando Brown will cost a high pick and will have to be paid in a year… I still think Williams stays with the Niners, but I could see the Colts or Jags offering a truckload of $$$.

  26. ohokgotit says:
    March 13, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    You say Minny might be interested? Nah Cousins has all their money. Nothing but chump change left for sub-par linemen.
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    He wouldn’t be going there anyway, even if the Vikings could afford him.
    Williams already put the kibosh on a trade that would have sent him from the WFT to the NFC’s version of the Browns. 🤣
    Doubtful he’s changed his mind.

  27. If Frisco is going to cut Jimmy G., then I see no reason why they would sign a 33 year old tackle, and pay him top dollars, because there is no franchise quarterback for him to protect and the team is rebuilding. A rebuilding team does not need a 33 year old tackle because he may retire before they finish rebuilding.

  28. Orlando Brown will cost a high pick and will have to be paid in a year… I still think Williams stays with the Niners, but I could see the Colts or Jags offering a truckload of $$$

    I think you are spot on with Colts with move they just made. You see what Wentz could to with strong OL… with any QB it’s not rocket science that the line can make or break them.

  29. He picked San Fran when he thought they’d be a winner, and that didn’t occur. Maybe he likes the team and the area, but if he wants a sure winner, there are better options than the 49ers (ie, KC).

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