- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The Washington Redskins already traded away one disgruntled player this week. Now, another one is trying again to force his way out of town.

The agent for Trent Williams demanded Tuesday that his client be traded or released from the Redskins, accusing the team of not acting in good faith to complete a deal. Earlier this month, Washington gave Williams permission to seek a trade, but the team has been unable to reach an agreement with potential suitors.

In a statement distributed to reporters, Vincent Taylor, Williams’ agent, blasted the Redskins for making “inconsistent demands on what it wants in return for a trade” to other teams.

“Throughout the process, Williams has maintained his silence and not spoken negatively about the team nor has he pursued potential legal actions,” Taylor said. “This seems to not be a successful strategy. Players who are outwardly critical of the team do get traded.”

Taylor’s statement is a reference to cornerback Quinton Dunbar, who was sent to the Seattle Seahawks Monday after the 27-year-old demanded a trade last month. Washington have made a series of moves this offseason beyond dealing Dunbar, but one of its biggest remaining priority figures to be moving Williams.



So far, the Redskins have had trouble finding a new home for the seven-time Pro Bowler. The team is reportedly asking for a second-round pick, but is flexible on compensation.

Complicating matters, any team that trades for Williams likely would have to give the left tackle an extension, one that in all likelihood is going to make him among the highest-paid players at his position.

Last season, Williams held out over a dispute with the team’s medical staff for what he said was a mishandling of a cancerous tumor on his head. He was also upset his contract had no guaranteed money left.

When Williams returned after the trade deadline in order to get credit for the season, he failed his physical and the team placed him on a season-ending/non football injury list before the 31-year-old had the chance to play in a game.

The drama carried into the offseason as the Redskins made multiple attempts to repair the situation. The team fired team president Bruce Allen — who Williams said he no longer trusted — and longtime trainer Larry Hess. New coach Ron Rivera talked with Williams, including an in-person meeting, to gauge what the left tackle wanted.

Ultimately, the Redskins opted not to pay Williams and gave him permission to seek a trade.

On Tuesday, Taylor said the Redskins and Williams have “irreconcilable differences,” adding later their side has presented Washington with trading options.

“Although Trent Williams will always love and respect Dan Snyder, his teammates, and the Washington Redskins’ fans, he wants to be traded or released,” Taylor said. “It’s time for the organization to act in a manner that is in both Williams’ and the team’s best interest.”

This isn’t the first time Williams has issued an ultimatum. He did so last summer amid his holdout, though Washington refused to grant his demand for a trade, hoping fines and missed game checks would force his return.

Williams has also argued the Redskins haven’t negotiated seriously enough when trying to facilitate a trade. In November, he told reporters the team’s effort to shop him at the trade deadline was more of a spectacle than anything else.

“When you give them 48 hours to strike a deal, it probably isn’t going to happen,” Williams said. “I just felt like that was done to embarrass me so to speak. Try to make it feel like, ‘Ain’t nobody want you; You’re not good enough for us to trade for. I felt like that was the play, more so than to get me moved.”

But it is the first time Williams’ agent has specifically called out the Redskins.

Even with Taylor’s statement, Washington is not under obligation to trade Williams. The tackle has one year left on his contract and he carries a $14.5 million cap hit in 2020.

The Redskins likely think Williams can bring a bigger return than Dunbar, so they’re taking their time in trying to find the right deal.

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