Redskins reportedly give Trent Williams permission to seek trade

Posted at 11:58 PM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 23:58:46-05

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. - There is finally movement being made on the Trent Williams front and it not the result that the Washington Redskins were hoping for.

The Redskins have allowed Williams to begin seeking trades through his agent, as originally reported by ESPN's Dianna Russini.

"Trent is excited to resume his Pro Bowl career with a team interested in a player of his stature," Williams' agent, Vincent Taylor, told The Athletic. "We really appreciate and respect Dan Snyder for the chance to seek another opportunity. This isn't about a contract, but time for a change of scenery."

This move comes after news broke nearly two weeks ago that Washington was confident Williams would return to the team for the 2020 season and he was a "huge focus for [head coach] Ron [Rivera]."

The seven-time Pro Bowler didn't play a single down for the Redskins during the 2019 season. He didn't report to the team until the end of October, reporting to Washington solely to receive a credited year toward his free agent status. Shortly after, he was placed on the Reserve/Non-Football injury list, which is utilized for injuries/issues occurring off the field.

Williams’ issues with the Redskins stems from the way the team’s medical staff handled a growth on his scalp, which he confirmed was cancer that he was diagnosed with during the offseason. Williams blamed the Redskins for his cancer going unnoticed for nearly six years.

Williams is entering the final season of a five-year, $66 million deal he signed in 2015.