Redskins want Trent Williams back 'in the worst way'

Josh Luckenbaugh
June 04, 2019 - 3:22 pm
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When the Redskins opened their mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, there was one noticeable absentee: All-Pro left tackle Trent Williams.

Williams has requested to be traded or receive a new contract from the Redskins, sources told 106.7 The Fan contributor Erin Hawksworth. Williams is heading into the fourth year of a five-year, $68 million contract extension he signed in Aug. 2015, and is still owed $24 million over the next two seasons.

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden confirmed after practice Tuesday Williams' issues with the team have to do with the "business side" of the organization.

"We've been talking to Trent a little bit here and there," Gruden said. "As far as holding out for whatever reasons, that's between Trent and (senior VP of football operations) Eric (Schaffer) and (president) Bruce (Allen), so hopefully we'll get that all situated soon and get him back here."

"I talked to him a little while ago, and this is personal between him and his agent and the organization, and we'll handle it accordingly. But Trent knows that we all want him back. I want him back in the worst way, I know his teammates want him back in the worst way."

"But at the end of the day, there is a business side to pro football, and that's what he's about right now. So we'll find out what happens."

Adrian Peterson, Williams' good friend and fellow Oklahoma alum, was aware Williams might not be at minicamp Tuesday. 

"I had a pretty good idea that he wouldn't be here," Peterson said. "It is what it is. I've been in the league 13 years, it's a business at the end of the day."

If or when Williams does return to the Redskins, both Gruden and Peterson expect nothing but the best version of him. 

"He's the best tackle in pro football," Gruden said. "He's a great player for us and a great leader, so we'd love to have him here without a doubt. I know his teammates support him, and we support him without a doubt, but hopefully, we get it situated where he comes back."

"I don't know (when Williams will return), but what I do know is, when he comes in he'll be ready to roll," added Peterson. "He's a professional, the best left tackle in the game, and so whenever he's in the building, I'm sure he'll be welcomed back with open arms."

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