By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Trent Williams has gotten his wish. But it took him nearly a year to move on from the Washington Redskins.
The disgruntled All-Pro left tackle was traded to the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday. In exchange, the Redskins received a fifth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Washington will get to draft one of Williams’ replacements on the final day of the draft, which is today, April 25th. And their second selection is a third-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft.
“He’s as good as a player and warrior and person as any player I’ve ever been around,” 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said. “I love the guy. It was really hard on us when we realized he wasn’t going to play this year.”
Williams denied rejecting a deal with the Minnesota Vikings on Friday, according to reports. The Vikings used the pick that may have went to the Redskins in a proposed Williams deal to draft Ezra Cleveland.
He has been unhappy with the Redskins since last year. In fact, his situation cost him an entire season, as he did not play a single snap for the team under for former staff.
Washington owner Daniel Snyder turned over their front office, coaching staff and training staff in the off-season. Still, that wasn’t enough to keep Williams around.
Last April, it was reported that Williams had surgery to remove a growth from his head. He was diagnosed with dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans, which is a type of cancer.
The growth, according to Williams, was known to the medical staff back in 2013. However, the staff members allegedly told him that it was not serious.
When the team reported to their minicamp, he did not show up. He then requested to be released or traded by the Redskins, as he was not happy with the handling of his health condition by the team’s medical staff.
Last July, he was placed on the team’s reserve/did not report list. When the NFL’s trade deadline came, he was no traded.
He was then reinstated by the Redskins. However, due to the surgery with his scalp, he failed a physical, as he was not comfortable with the helmet on his head following the surgery earlier in the year.
The Redskins then placed Williams on their non-football injury list, causing him to miss the entire 2019 season.
Now, with the 49ers, he is reunited with Shanahan, who he is already familiar with. Before becoming San Francisco’s head coach, he spent time as the Redskins offensive coordinator.