UPDATE: Trent Williams’ agent has released a statement denying that he and Williams objected to a potential trade.
A statement from Trent Williams’ agent, Vincent Taylor: pic.twitter.com/jxsowLLbfR— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 25, 2020
Original story below.
One of the most persistent rumors of the first two days of this draft weekend has been that the Minnesota Vikings were ready, willing, and able to swing a trade for disgruntled Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams. Those discussions seemed to have been put to bed with the Vikings’ selection of Boise State offensive tackle Ezra Cleveland in the second round on Friday night, and now conflicting stories are coming out as to who is responsible for the trade not happening.
The Redskins were, reportedly, seeking a second-round pick in exchange for Williams, a seven-time Pro Bowler who sat out all of last season in a dispute with management. However, after the Cleveland pick, word emerged from the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport (via our friends at Hogs Haven) that Williams said that he did not want to go to Minnesota.
From @NFLTotalAccess Live: The long-awaited trade of #Redskins LT Trent Williams to the #Vikings didn't happen and is now off the table. The selection of Boise State OT Ezra Cleveland solidified that. pic.twitter.com/feGij7tqq0— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 25, 2020
“At some point over the course of today, Williams made it known that he would rather not go to the Minnesota Vikings.”
However, a new report has come out this morning from John Keim, who is the Redskins’ beat reporter for ESPN, and he’s reporting that Williams is denying saying any such thing.
It’s not terribly surprising, I guess, that we’re getting conflicting stories from the player and management (or someone in the Redskins’ organization that passed the info to Rapoport) on this. The two sides really dislike each other after everything that’s happened over the past year.
I don’t know if anyone on the Redskins side was responsible for squashing a potential Trent Williams to the Vikings trade or if Rick Spielman and company just decided that a second-round pick was too much and decided to grab a tackle to develop instead. All we know for sure is that Trent Williams is not. . .and likely won’t be. . .a Minnesota Viking, and Washington apparently isn’t going to get nearly what they wanted for him in a potential deal.