Longtime and franchise cornerstone left tackle Trent Williams will reportedly holdout at training camp in hopes of landing a new contract from the Redskins. Williams is also unhappy with the medical staff after they misdiagnosed a growth on his scalp last season that required Williams to recently undergo a procedure on his scalp.
Willaims held out during minicamp earlier this offseason after requesting a trade or a new contract. Williams is not expected at training camp and it could be “quite a while” before he returns — if he returns at all.
Williams has battled injuries for the majority of his career. He had knee surgery after the 2017 season and was still dealing with lingering issues there. He also had thumb surgery in November that caused him to miss 3 games.
Williams has not played a full 16 games in a season since 2013 and has only done it twice in his 9-year career with the Redskins.
Williams signed a 5 year, $66 million extension in 2015. Williams has 2 years and $24 million left on that deal. His extension averaged $13.2 million per year which is good for 6th highest in the NFL in regards to left tackle.
The former No. 4 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft has made the Pro Bowl the last seven years in a row.
The Redskins would like Williams to be on the field to protect this year’s top draft pick quarterback Dwayne Haskins. But the team doesn’t seem to want to dish out a large extension to an injury-prone and aging left tackle.
There has been talk that the issues Williams is having with Washington are part of a larger problem between players and the team’s medical staff, but head coach Jay Gruden recently tried to downplay that. Williams is under contract with the team for two more years and has made the Pro Bowl every season since 2012. With an uncertain quarterback situation heading into the year, Washington needs him more than ever.