RICHMOND– A report published today from CBS Sports that claimed that Trent Williams’ and the Redskins relationship was ‘broken’ is said to be false by Redskins Vice President of Communications Tony Wylie.
“The report is 100% false,” Wylie stated.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports tweeted that Williams’ relationship with Redskins President Bruce Allen was ‘totally fractured’ and that he doesn’t trust the medical team, Allen or want to play for the Redskins again which Wylie said was false.
Williams’ teammate Morgan Moses, who lines up opposite of Williams at right tackle told reporters that he expects Williams to report to camp soon.
“I mean, I expect him to come back,” Moses told reporters while donning Williams No. 71 jersey. “He loves football, just like every one of us does. Once they [the Redskins and Williams] figure things out, he’ll be here.”
Williams has held out of Redskins training camp since it opened earlier this week which prompted the team to sign Corey Robinson and bring in Donald Penn for a workout. There have been conflicting reports about whether Williams is holding out over a concern over the medical staff or his desire for a new contract.
The medical staff failed to diagnose Williams’ precancerous growth on his scalp last season before Williams went to see his own doctor and have his growth removed by an independent surgeon.
Ian Rappaport reported that there is ‘no end in sight’ for Williams’ holdout diminishing the hopes of Redskins fans everywhere who thought Williams would report to the start of training camp.
Allen stated that he expected Williams to report to training camp the weekend before the opening of training camp. Allen has yet to put out a statement about the current status of the Redskins and Williams.
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. He also pulled out of this year’s Pro Bowl citing injury and had offseason surgery to remove a growth from his scalp.
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.
Williams has been one of the top offensive tackles in the league since coming into the NFL in 2010. Williams earned a Pro Football Focus grade of 77.1 which ranked him as the 24th best offensive linemen in the game in 2018. If Williams had stayed healthy he likely would’ve been one of the top 15.