Another Reason(s) Trent is still a Redskins LT

Chris Russell

Trent Williams woke up on Thursday morning and wasn't in the mood (probably) to care about the lack of an opening day in Major League Baseball, like the rest of America.

What he knows is this: He's stuck unless he or the Redskins give in and throw in the white towel. 

Here's the deal: He can do that. It's up to him. The Redskins can get sick of dealing witht the drama. Just like they did with Quinton Dunbar. It's up to them. 

Right now - neither side seems inclined. 

Apparently, the Redskins are indeed (as we've wondered/speculated) willing to take a player back or a combination of picks. 

Trent also wants his cake and to eat it too. He wants out, but isn't willing to help. Then he wants to come home and be honored, which is somewhat laughable. 

In addition to Williams high asking price (reportedly) and the Redskins expectation of a fair return which is where the real dispute lies, one thing that could be hurting the ability to make a trade is this:

There are at least FOUR left tackle prospects that are expected to go in the first round and possibly a FIFTH. 

Don't believe me? Here they are: Andrew Thomas from Georgia, Jedrick Wills of Alabama,  Tristan Wirfs out of Iowa, Mekhi Becton, who played at Louisville. 

Every mock draft, every ranking that I've seen - no matter who it is - has these four as first round prospects and picks. The only question has been which order do they go in.

Oh there's another question. Does a fifth left tackle prospect go in the top-32? 

Prince Tega Wanogho is very iffy in terms of his first round value and he's more thought to be better set at right tackle to start. 

Josh Jones from Houston is a pure athletic left tackle from Houston's spread look. 

So here's my question: Why in the world would an NFL team be willing to pay a second or even a third-round pick, maybe a player, whatever the combination is, plus pay $16-20 million for Williams per year on a multi-year deal with a minimum of $30 million fully guaranteed, when you consider the following reality.

If Thomas, Wills, Wirfs or Becton is 80% of what Trent Williams is at the age of 31 + having not played a down of football in a year-and-a-half, with all of the medical questions surrounding his future, and costs 10-20% of what Williams would cost - how in the world could you justify that decision?

Other than to say you just believe you're right? How many teams, coaches and general managers have been wrong when they just think that?

Something to keep in mind. It's also something that is hurting his trade market and value. 

It hurts the Redskins potential return and it hurts Williams desire to get maximum money. 

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Chris Russell is the Publisher of RedskinsReport.com & Sports Illustrated's Washington Redskins channel. He can be heard on 106.7 The FAN in the Washington D.C. area and world-wide on Radio.com. Chris also hosts the "Locked on Redskins" Podcast and can be read via subscription to Warpath Magazine. You can e-mail Chris at russellmania09@Gmail.com or follow him on Twitter at @Russellmania621.

Comments (8)
IceMule
IceMule

He is asking for Qb money, 20 million per that's not going to happen. He needs to land back on earth and ask for 16m but I didn't think he is worth more than the 14 or so we were going to pay him, misses games now and the dude is plain old in football yrs, he use to be my favorite player, now I just want him gone, he is the proverbial team cancer. He can sit and lose out on another year of pay as far as I'm concerned, doesn't seem to smart, but I guess his agent knows something no one else in the entire world knows.

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BargainBuck
BargainBuck

Trent played hurt before. Trent could easily negotiate a contract of incentives as every team needs a left tackle. If he is as good as he and his agent why. QBs have incentives built in. I want Trent to play for Redskins and be the dominating player he is. If he is dominating pay him with incentives.

Beer is Food
Beer is Food

If a team is willing to pay what Williams is asking then there is implicit value. Period.

Even with a good draft there won’t be enough LT’s to go around... so the trade may have to wait until the dust settled. But his value as a player is still there.


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