Says The Ringer:
Washington has reportedly granted franchise left tackle Trent Williams permission to seek a trade, meaning one of the league’s premier offensive linemen could be on the move after sitting out the entire 2019 season following a dispute with the team.
The seven-time Pro Bowler is in the last year of his contract, which will pay him $12.5 million. He has been elite in pass protection throughout his career, and when he last played in 2018, he allowed just one sack and nine quarterback hits. He’s 31 years old and has dealt with a variety of injuries in the 10 years since he entered the NFL, but he’d still represent a dramatic upgrade for whichever team he plays for next.
Unfortunately for Washington, that would also include his current team, which he is unlikely to rejoin.
While its offensive line finished in the top half of Pro Football Focus’s rankings for 2019, Dwayne Haskins can use all the protection he can get; the rookie was sacked on 12.5 percent of his dropbacks in nine games. However, Williams needs a clean break from Washington, who he says misled him about a cancerous growth on his head. Since he last played, the team has remade its front office and brought in new head coach Ron Rivera, who seems like a good bet to remake the culture and reportedly had a positive conversation with Williams last month. It seems now that whatever came out of those talks wasn’t enough to mend the fence.