No end in sight for Trent Williams' holdout?

Ben Krimmel
July 28, 2019 - 2:48 pm
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For fans in search of good news on the Trent Williams front, there is only bad news: The relationship between the Washington Redskins and the Pro Bowl offensive tackle does not look to be improving.

Training camp has begun, but the biggest question facing the team looks no closer to a resolution Sunday when Jason La Canfora reiterated his previous report that the relationship between Williams and the Washington front office was "totally fractured."

NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay reported Sunday a team source made it sound like little progress had been made, "We want Trent, but Trent's got to want us too."

The Redskins denied La Canfora's report in a statement released Sunday from senior vice president of PR Tony Wyllie: "That report is 100 percent false."

The relationship seems to have fractured over a medical issue (during the offseason Williams had a growth on his head removed) which he believes the organization mishandled. Some have argued the holdout is related to his contract, which runs through the 2020 NFL season, but La Canfora has reported it was not about money.

"I don't think it is a money thing at all," La Canfora told 106.7 The Fan's Chad Dukes in June. "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."

In June, Redskins president Bruce Allen told Finlay Williams "explained some things to me and I'll leave it at that."

"I know what Trent told me so I know what the truth is," Allen said after La Canfora's original report. "I'll leave my conversation with Trent between the two of us."

In June, La Canfora reported Williams' position in rather blunt terms: "I do know he has expressed to numerous people he feels like the organization did not handle that correctly," La Canfora said. "And that is why he's not there and that is why he has told them 'I don't wanna play for you anymore.'"

On Thursday, just days after laughing off reports Williams would skip training camp, Allen told Larry O'Connor, "We love him, but he's not here."

“Trent has explained his position to me and we’ll see what happens, but right now we have to focus on the guys who are here,” Allen said.

The only sign of No. 71 at Redskins training camp thus far? Fellow offensive tackle Morgan Moses wearing Willaims' jersey at a press conference.

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