Deadline Day: Redskins reportedly now open to trading Trent Williams

Chris Lingebach
October 29, 2019 - 11:53 am

The Redskins have changed their tune on holdout Trent Williams with Tuesday's NFL trade deadline quickly approaching at 4 p.m. ET.

UPDATE: Williams ends holdout, reports to Ashburn

As recently as Oct. 7, when Jay Gruden was fired, Redskins president Bruce Allen had maintained publicly the organization had no intention of trading their disgruntled left tackle. 106.7 The Fan's Craig Hoffman reported at the time that they'd wait until after the conclusion of the regular season before exploring a trade. That appears to have gone out the window.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported on Monday that the Redskins are now open to dealing Williams before the deadline. Rapoport's colleague followed up to say the Redskins have a second-round pick on the table and appear to be holding out for a first-round pick.

"Hearing it now, I'm just pleased that they're finally not gonna sit here and be bitter," Santana Moss reacted during his weekly 106.7 The Fan appearance Monday, presented by Paul Henry's Windows.

"I almost feel like it was something going on personal that, hey, if this guy don't want to be here, and you can get something for him – knowing that our team desperately needs him to play or have something in compensation – do that. Do what's best for the team and do what's best for the organization," he said. "I'm just glad to see that now they're gonna finally move forward."

"Trust me, Trent's a friend of mine, so first and foremost, I would want him here, but I also want him to be happy," he added. "So if him being happy wasn't going to be here, I was hoping that both parties could come to some kind of agreement and find out what can make both parties satisfied and move on. And I'm glad now just hearing that they're willing to move forward and move on. That's a big step in the right direction."

New reports from ESPN Tuesday suggest the Redskins are engaged in trade discussions with the Browns, who aren't willing to go as high as a first-rounder for Williams.

Redskins fans will have to wait and see if any movement happens in the meantime.

Santana shared a personal anecdote from his rookie season in 2001, in which he too was at odds with an organization, the New York Jets, who wanted him to undergo a procedure that would get him back on the field more quickly. After seeking a second opinion, Moss realized that wasn't in his best interest.

"You know, just listening to some of the things that transpired with that situation, like I said before, it's touchy," Moss told Chad Dukes. "And you have be Trent to really know where he's coming from with it. We all had our share of things that we didn't agree (on) when it comes to the team or how teams deal with you."

"I remember when I was in New York, I had something similar, but it didn't get to the point where Trent is at," he said. "I was a young pup, hurt my knee out the gate before I even played a game and they wanted me to have a quick surgery and be back in four weeks, because I had a meniscus tear. I asked, 'Can I have a second opinion?' They allowed me to go to Miami. I came back from Miami with my surgery done.

"The team wasn't happy, but the guys who I felt that had my best interest was my agent and the guys that had knew me for four years in college. They said, 'You can get this surgery now, but I'd rather you repair it because you're a young man that's gonna need that knee long term.' Now the team might say, 'Yes, you can go and carve that cartilage out and play now, but for your best interest, I want to repair that cartilage instead of carving it out.'"

"That was the best decision," said Moss, who went on to play another 13 NFL seasons. "The team hated my guts for a little while, but guess what? I made up and I went out there and I played good football. So you have situations like that. I'm lucky when I look back at it, because I had a wonderful agent in Drew Rosenhaus who thought the best for me and got me down to Miami to have that second opinion."

"Trent, on the other hand, didn't have those situations transpire for him," he said. "So he went about it the way he went about it and it got to where it got. So when I hear his story and just see the things that went on with his situation, you just understand a little differently why he feels the way he feels, but it's different strokes for different strokes.

"Everyone doesn't have that experience, everyone don't have to get to the point to where Trent is at with the team. And I hope that moving forward, any player in that situation would know better how to handle this, because at the end of the day we're all professionals. We have to do what's best for us, regardless of what the team says."