Redskins Won't Pay Trent Williams's $5.1 Million Salary

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The Redskins will not pay left tackle Trent Williams the remaining $5.1 million of his base salary this season.

Washington placed Williams, 31, on the reserve/non-football injury list on Thursday. Williams reported to the team last Tuesday after the NFL trade deadline passed to end his lengthy holdout that began last spring.

When asked by ESPN's John Keim how he felt about the decision, he said he was surprised and disappointed by the Redskins' move.

"I mean, it's a little bit of both," he said. "You expect it, and it's still disappointing. It is what it is. That's their option."

Williams added he does not know what comes next.

"I don't know what options I have, I will probably lean on the [players association] for that. I don't know much more about it."

Washington paid Williams last week upon his return but will not continue to pay him this season. Washington has the right to do so, although most teams continue to pay players on the NFI list. Buccaneers defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and Chargers offensive tackle Russell Okung received 35-40% of their salaries while off the field, according to ESPN.

Last week, Williams failed his physical after experiencing discomfort from his helmet following offseason surgery to remove a growth from his head. Williams said the growth on his head appeared six years ago and the team first diagnosed it as "minor." He said the cancer was only six weeks away from spreading to his brain before he underwent surgery in February. Williams claimed the team mishandled his diagnosis which led to a breakdown of his trust in the organization.

The left tackle has one year left on his contract and is set to earn $12.5 million in 2020. Williams was slated to make $11 million this year before that total was halved due to the fines he accrued during his holdout.