Redskins’ offensive lineman Williams wants new deal
According to Ian Rapoport, Redskins left tackle and multiple time Pro Bowler, Trent Williams, is asking for a new deal and increased salary.
Additionally, 106.7 The Fan’s Erin Hawksworth has reported that her sources tell her that Williams wants a new deal or a trade.
Williams is a seven time Pro Bowler (2011-2018) that has anchored the Redskins’ offensive line since being drafted by the team in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Williams signed a six year, $60 million contract after being taken by the Redskins with the fourth pick. In 2015, he signed a hefty extension worth $66 million over five years, with $43.25 million guaranteed.
While this was a huge deal for a tackle at the time, the market has shifted since. In 2016, Tyron Smith signed a deal worth $97.6 million. In 2018 Taylor Lewan and Jake Matthews signed deals worth $80 million and $72 million, respectively. Trent Brown is currently the highest paid tackle by year, making $16.5 million annually.
While there is no doubt that Williams is an extremely talented player, there have been issues that may cause Bruce Allen and company to think twice about meeting Williams’ demands.
Williams was suspended at the end of the 2011 season for four games for repeatedly failing NFL drug tests. In 2016, Williams was again suspended by the league for four games for failing a drug test. This suspension came while the Redskins were in the midst of a playoff push.
More recently, Williams has been plagued with injuries, missing three games in 2018 and six in 2017. Williams has a reputation for playing at a high-level, even when fighting painful injuries.
This situation could lead to a hold-out on Williams’ part. As Rapoport’s report indicated, Williams was a no-show today at the Redskins’ mandatory mini-camp. Williams is due to earn up to $14.729 million this year.