Report: Jaguars, Bengals discussed Jonah Williams trade before draft

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When the Bengals signed left tackle Orlando Brown, Jonah Williams — who had been playing the position for Cincinnati — reportedly requested a trade.

To this point, the Bengals have not accommodated that request. Director of player personnel Duke Tobin said before the draft last month that Williams is “a valuable member of our team.”

But there was one team that had a shot at acquiring Williams, according to a Monday report.

Kelsey Conway of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Jaguars had “real interest” in trading for Williams, with talks occurring between Jacksonville and Cincinnati prior to the draft. But the Bengals elected to keep Williams around and are expecting him to participate at mandatory activities.

With Brown on the club, Williams is likely to play right tackle this season. La'el Collins — who started at right tackle for most of 2022 — will likely be out well into the 2023 season as he recovers from a torn ACL.

With no trade executed, the Jaguars ended up drafting Anton Harrison at No. 27 overall out of Oklahoma to help solidify their offensive line.

The 11th overall pick of the 2019 draft, Williams didn’t play in his rookie year due to a shoulder injury. But he’s started 42 games over the last three seasons.

2 responses to “Report: Jaguars, Bengals discussed Jonah Williams trade before draft

  1. Here is my take – Teams want Bengals to cover some of his salary but they do not do that. The Bengals can wait and see if he holds out for part or all of the season which would save them 12mil.
    Mike & Katie typically make a decision and do not waver so Williams needs to play ball or sit or take a pay cut to got to another team.

  2. Bengals have no need to trade him and honestly no one should want him at $12M/year. His grades were pretty lousy, he’s not a starting NFL left Tackle if you want to be a contender and have any other option at all. The ONLY way anyone gives up the value the Bengals would have to recover to trade him is if a serious NON AFC contender lost a starting tackle at the beginning of the season. I wouldn’t even mind them holding onto Collins as well. Having 3 guys with RT experience (Carmen) and Williams able to go back to the left if Brown were injured would be an amazing luxury for a team that has been so cursed on the line.

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