Trent Williams' agent: $16 million AAV wouldn't hold up a deal

Chris Lingebach
March 26, 2020 - 12:35 pm

Trent Williams' agent is trying to set the record straight about his client's contract demands, which have reportedly held up the Redskins from trading him.

The Eagles recently resigned their tackle, Lane Johnson, to a four-year contract extension, making him the highest-paid player at his position at an average annual value of $18 million. Williams, reports would suggest, wants more than that.

"I'm just telling you, guys, he wants to be the highest-paid tackle in football," Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer told 106.7 The Fan on Wednesday. Breer went on to describe how Williams has unrealistic expectations, which have hampered the Redskins' ability to find a trade partner.

"It's very difficult to find teams that are willing to give up both top draft capital and a top contract for a guy," Breer said.

But that characterization of Williams' demands is inaccurate, Vince Taylor – Williams' longtime agent – told 106.7 The Fan's Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier on Thursday.

"I grew up without all the social media platforms and things like that, so it's amazing how Trent could have contract demands out there," Taylor told 106.7 The Fan. "The last time we've had any negotiations with the Redskins was when Trent got his second contract. We have never talked numbers with the Redskins since."

Taylor on Tuesday made a public appeal to the Redskins to trade or release his client, which is why this longstanding impasse has suddenly sprung back to the top of news feeds this week.

"There's a report that he was looking for $20 million a year to set the tackle market," Paulsen said to Taylor. "Is that not true?"

"That is not true," Taylor rebuffed the claim. "That is totally false."

"So let's just say if I'm Cleveland and I'm willing to trade for him, but I'm only willing to pay him $16 million," Paulsen followed up. "That wouldn't be a holdup for you guys?"

"Right. If we could get to a point where we could talk about those numbers, that would not be a holdup for us," Taylor said. "The contract has never been the holdup."

"The Redskins prior to the combine put Trent on the trade market," Taylor continued. "They had him on maybe 10 days, and even through the combine, which is the biggest business platform for teams looking to wheel and deal. Upon leaving the combine, the Redskins had not gotten one offer that they could bring to Trent and I so that I could negotiate our side.

"I had teams call me – and I won't call them out – I had two teams call me that said, 'Those guys do not know what they're doing. Their ask is outrageous.'"

"Clarify that," Paulsen said. "When you said their 'ask,' meaning the round that they want for Trent Williams (as compensation)?"

"Yep. The compensation that they were asking for was totally absurd," Taylor said. "And I had two teams call to tell me that."

"It's just best that they release him at this point," Taylor said.

Listen to the full interview below.