Breer: Trent Williams not being 'realistic' with demands

Chris Lingebach
March 26, 2020 - 10:38 am

There's reason the Redskins have been unable to move Trent Williams and it's not out of spite, as it was when discarded executive Bruce Allen was still in charge.

The Redskins, in this calendar year, have given Williams permission to pursue trade offers, but the 31-year-old left tackle remains employed by Washington. His agent, Vince Taylor, this week took to publicly pressuring the organization to take action, urging them to trade or release his client now.

Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer knows why Williams hasn't been moved, and it starts with an under-inflated sense of realism, as Breer explained to 106.7 The Fan's Grant & Danny.

"That's sort of the issue," Breer said on 106.7 The Fan Wednesday. "The reality of the situation is it's hard to find teams that are willing – unless you're talking about like a top of the league player, which Trent has been at times, who's still young, who you can build around. It's very difficult to find teams that are willing to give up both top draft capital and a top contract for a guy. It's happened a couple times."

Breer looked to the Chiefs trading defensive end Dee Ford to the 49ers in March 2019 to prove his point.

"Like look at Dee Ford last year, right?" he said. "Now, that was a second-round pick that was involved in that trade for a guy who had double-digit sacks the year before. And the reason the Chiefs could only get a second-round pick for him is because the Niners also had to do a contract with him.

"Frank Clark was a little different, where they did give up a one and a two and a contract, but those sorts of things are really, really rare."

"So if Trent Williams' priority is getting out of D.C., then he has to be flexible on the contract end of it," Breer added. "And that part of it is what scares teams off."

Breer continued: "I could certainly understand Ron Rivera, Kyle Smith and all the guys that are running the Redskins right now looking at it, saying, 'Look, dude. We're happy to explore trades but we're not gonna give you away. And if you want to go somewhere else, that's fine, but you have to work with us here and you have to do a reasonable contract with somebody else.'"

"And I'm just telling you, guys, he wants to be the highest-paid tackle in football," he said. "And I think he's probably come off of this a little bit, but I know one of the issues with the Redskins was last year, before things really went off the rails, he was asking for quarterback money.

"And that is just, I mean... look, if the player in this situation, if Trent Williams in this situation is being realistic about it, and he really wants to get out of D.C., there's a path to doing it. But the financial ask on his end is just I think way beyond where the Redskins would be able to move him for any sort of return where they would feel good about saying, 'Okay, we'll go ahead and do this.'"

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