By Harvey Hoffman
Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams denies that he nixed a potential trade to the Vikings because he didn’t want to play in Minnesota, ESPN reports.
“No, that’s not true,” Williams said.
However, ESPN is sticking by its sourced report that that the potential trade partners were informed that Williams did not want to play for the Vikings, as was first reported by NFL Network.
A source told ESPN that the Vikings had been among the preferred destinations for Williams and that the teams had discussed a deal for more than a month. But they did not come close to anything until Friday morning, when Minnesota increased its offer to include a second Day 3 draft pick, sources said. The Vikings had previously offered one pick on the third day.
Minnesota ended up selecting an offensive tackle, Ezra Cleveland, in the second round of the NFL draft.