Trent Williams’ Agent Vince Taylor, in a public statement to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, deemed that it would be “in the best interest” for the Washington Redskins to trade or release his client, Trent Williams.
Taylor wrote, “The relationship between the Redskins and Trent Williams has reached a point where it’s in the best interest that the Redskins trade or release him.
Despite its knowledge of the irreconcilable differences, Washington was unable (or unwilling) to negotiate a trade of Williams. The team then gave Williams and his representatives the right to seek trading partners. Williams’ representatives provided the team with trading options, but the Redskins have shown no interest in negotiating in good faith, and, in fact, have given inconsistent demands on what it wants in return for a trade.
Throughout the process, Williams has maintained his silence and not spoken negatively about the team nor has he pursued potential legal actions. This seems to not be a successful strategy. Players who are outwardly critical of the team do get traded.
Although Trent Williams will always love and respect Dan Snyder, his teammates, and the Washington Redskins’ fans, he wants to be traded or released. It’s time for the organization to act in a manner that is in both Williams’ and the team’s best interest.”
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport points out that the Redskins have been unable to move the Pro Bowl left tackle thus far because teams are unwilling to offer Washington “top dollar” in terms of draft compensation. He also confirms that the Redskins are and have been active in trade talks with other teams.
The Team 980’s Kevin Sheehan responded to the news, simply stating “I’m not totally buying”.
The seven-time Pro Bowler held out all of last year due to issues Williams had with the team’s medical staff over a misdiagnosed growth that was improperly treated. Williams told reporters during the season that the growth was cancerous and had been present for six years and was a rare tissue cancer called DSFP. Williams also, however, wanted a new contract with guaranteed money.
With the firings of team president Bruce Allen and head trainer Larry Hess, there was some optimism that Williams would have been receptive to considering a return, but it seems less and less apparent that could be the case.