Rumors emerged this week that seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams wanted a trade from the Washington Redskins. Speaking to the media on Wednesday, head coach Jay Gruden revealed all he knows about the situation.
At a Wednesday press conference, Gruden said that he has not talked to Williams about not returning to the team. However, Gruden noted that Williams may be upset with the timing of a diagnosis on a tumor that was removed from his scalp.
As for Williams’ apparent displeasure with the Redskins medical staff, Gruden stated that that particular issue is between Williams and the staff.
Williams was not in attendance for the Redskins’ mandatory minicamp that started this week, and reportedly wants a new contract or a trade. He is due $24 million over the next two years.
Jay Gruden said he hasn’t talked to Trent Williams in terms of not returning, regarding the report. Said maybe the issue was the timing of the diagnosis. #redskins
— Kareem Copeland (@kareemcopeland) June 5, 2019
Jay Gruden on Trent Williams: “That’s between him and the doctors.”
— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) June 5, 2019
The No. 4 overall pick by Washington in the 2010 NFL Draft, Williams has made the Pro Bowl every year since 2012. However, injuries have caused him to miss at least one game in seven of his nine NFL seasons.
As one of the better NFL offensive tackles when healthy, it’s certainly understandable that Williams might be jockeying for a better contract, or a trade to a team that will offer him one.
But the sooner the issue gets resolved, the sooner the Redskins can resume their pursuit of the NFC East.