Trent Williams trade? Redskins aren't the ones exploring...

Chris Lingebach
July 31, 2019 - 2:14 pm
Trent Williams trade? Redskins aren't the ones exploring...

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Someone in the NFL may be exploring trade options for disgruntled tackle Trent Williams, but it's probably not the Washington Redskins.

Patriots beat reporter Jeff Howe of The Ahtletic kicked off this melee of fragment reporting Wednesday, saying the Redskins are "having trade discussions regarding tackle Trent Williams," citing a source. Howe added: "There's a feeling around the league the Patriots would be involved due to depth issues at the position."

The Patriots do indeed have unique depth at the tackle position, and the Redskins have a dearth of starting caliber tackles. That doesn't add up to the Redskins trading one of their two starting tackles.

A league source told JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington the Redskins are "gauging interest" around the NFL in a potential Williams trade, while a team source told Finlay, "First I have heard of it."

"League" sources are the common link connecting Howe and Finlay's reporting, although the former necessitated the latter.

Howe says it's unclear what the Redskins may require as compensation for Williams (because he hasn't spoken to the Redskins). Williams would be the type of high-value commodity that rarely becomes available this far into the NFL calendar, and requires a haul. Brian McNally of NBC Sports Washington brings some nice perspective:

Now that we have two major media markets dueling for the next development, let's check in with Williams' agent, who conveniently no-commented Sherree Burruss of NBC Washington.

Craig Hoffman of 106.7 The Fan was able to carve through the noise with this serrated bit of clarity. Bring it home, Craig.

So, we're back to where we started, but at least we learned the Patriots (along with 30 other clubs) are perhaps interested in acquiring Williams.

The Redskins are now in their second week of training camp without Williams, who is holding out for reasons believed to be partly financial and partly related to the medical staff's handling of his offseason health scare, in which, after seeking a second opinion, Williams had a growth or tumor removed from his scalp that his doctors feared could have become cancerous.

The Redskins signed veteran left tackle Donald Penn as an insurance policy on Wednesday, just in case they can't work things out with Williams.

No news is good news, at least.

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