Can Rivera convince Trent Williams to rejoin Redskins?

Ben Krimmel
February 06, 2020 - 3:34 pm
Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams and Dallas Cowboys.

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The Washington Redskins have completed the overall of the coaching staff, front office, and medical staff but a big question remains over the future of left tackle Trent Williams.

Will the former Pro Bowler ever play another down in a Redskins uniform? Well, that all comes down to Williams and new head coach Ron Rivera being able to read from the same hymn sheet. 

"We could see a reconciliation," NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said Thursday.

"Rivera, from what I understand, has not yet met with Trent Williams, I know the team has been in communication with his agent," Rapoport said. "They do consider him part of the team. He's a great player, they love great players and it sounds like they want him to play for them."

Rapoport called the new training staff led by Ryan Vermillion "a huge addition by Ron Rivera, especially considering so many of Trent Williams' issues with the Redskins involve medical and how they handled everything involving his health."

Williams outlined all of his issues with the organization, including the medical staff and former team president Bruce Allen, in an extensive interview in Nov. 2019 with 106.7 The Fan's Craig Hoffman.

Rapoport added Allen wanted to trade Williams this offseason, but that "doesn't sound like that's what the Redskins want now."

NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay told Grant & Danny Thursday said it is the right move for the Redskins to attempt to reconcile with Williams.

"I think Ron Rivera wants to establish a relationship with Trent and then see where they go from there," Finlay said. "You gotta talk to the guy, see what he wants, see what you think you can offer, and just kinda have an open, honest, transparent relationship, which is clearly not what Trent had with the last regime."

Former Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs said there are still some things to be worked out between the team and Williams, but "hopefully Ron can find a way to handle this."

"I think Ron will do a good job of that. I think the thing that you've got with Ron is someone who's played in the NFL, he has real respect from the players when he talks," Gibbs told NBC Sports Washington. "If there's anything to do with talking to a player, I think Ron will have a good sense for that."

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