- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The Washington Redskins have reportedly had a difficult time finding a landing spot for tackle Trent Williams. Teams have balked at Washington’s request of a second-round pick and any club that does trade for the seven-time Pro Bowler would likely have to give him a new contract. 

But according to one NFL analyst, there’s a logical destination for the left tackle. 

Appearing on NFL Network, former Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas floated an idea that Williams could be paired with free agent quarterback Tom Brady and land with the Los Angeles Chargers. 

Brady announced Tuesday morning he would not return to the New England Patriots after 20 years.

“Don’t be surprised if the LA Chargers make two big splashes here during free agency,” Thomas said. “I think Tom Brady might go out to LA and sign with them. They’re a team that really needs to make a big splash with a new stadium opening.”

The Chargers have reportedly offered Brady a contract north of $30 million per year. The team let longtime starter Phillip Rivers walk in free agency.

Thomas sees Williams, who did not play in 2019, as a fit to protect the 43-year-old Brady.

“When you’ve got an older quarterback who doesn’t move like a Tom Brady, you want to make sure you can protect him from that blindside spot,” Thomas said. “And Trent Williams would absolutely be the perfect guy to marry with Tom Brady.”

Thomas was then asked if his theory was informed or more speculative. 

“You know I’m always well informed when we’re talking about offensive play,” Thomas said. “There would have to be some cap shenanigans because Trent Williams would clearly, probably be the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL if he was able to get a trade and then a signed situation. 

“When you’re Tom Brady and looking at a new home, you’re thinking I want to win a championship. … He knows his protection from his left side is the most important spot. Trent Williams would absolutely shore that position up for them.” 

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