Trent Williams has a 'lack of trust in the organization,' La Canfora says

Ben Krimmel
June 06, 2019 - 9:56 am

Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams believes the team mishandled an offseason medical issue and "trust has been broken with the front office and the medical team," which has led to his request to leave, according to Radio.com sports insider Jason La Canfora.

"I don't think it is a money thing at all," La Canfora told 106.7 The Fan's Chad Dukes Wednesday. "This is about his medical situation and his lack of trust in the organization and feeling it wasn't handled properly and telling other teammates about it and feeling that that trust has been broken with the front office and with the medical team. And that, I'm told through numerous sources, has been expressed directly to the organization in terms of a trade request slash demand, whatever you want to call it.

"And also, you know, he's told teammates that, you know, I want my release or I want to be traded, but I'm not suiting up for these guys."

The medical issue in question, according to La Canfora, involved a growth or tumor on his head which doctors worried was malignant. Williams had surgery on his scalp this offseason to have it removed. The procedure was first mentioned by head coach Jay Gruden at the NFL Combine in February.

"He feels like that situation was mishandled and that when it's something that significant and you end up having to go through a pretty serious procedure that he went through it's not water under the bridge, it's not something you can easily get beyond and he has not gotten beyond it," he said.

La Canfora: Williams has demanded to be traded or released

While he didn't want to get into specifics, La Canfora said Williams' issue with the Redskins is related to how information about the severity of the situation was conveyed to him.

"I think it's more to do about how that whole thing was handled and what was conveyed to him about its severity," La Canfora said. "I'm not going to get into the specifics of the when and the where and what it was and what they told him it was and what it should've been and what was done and what should've been done, but I do know he has expressed to numerous people he feels like the organization did not handle that correctly. And that is why he's not there and that is why he has told them 'I don't wanna play for you anymore.'"

When Dukes asked if Williams' demands are related to the spate of other issues and complications experienced by injured Redskins, including the multiple surgeries undergone by quarterbacks Alex Smith and Colt McCoy and running back Derrius Guice, La Canfora said he did not believe that impacted the tackle's thinking.

"Nothing happens in a vacuum, I know that much, but my sense of this is that it's very much endemic to his situation and what he thinks, you know, he should have been told versus what he was told," he said.

The next goal for the Redskins will be whether they can repair the relationship with Williams or whether they will have to make do without him.

"As of right now, that trust is broken. And can they build a bridge? Maybe. But it would require some real doing. Because this is something that obviously cuts very deep for him," La Canfora said.

However, while it is only June, a re-worked contract looks unlikely. "I don't get the sense from what he's expressed to teammates that (the Redskins) are gonna be able to... make a phone call, dangle some money and all of the sudden the genie is back in the bottle. I'm not sure it is remotely that simple." 

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