Trent Williams joins the San Francisco 49ers after playing in Washington he joins the 49ers as of Saturday’s news (bleacherreport.com file photo)
By Joe Hawkes
The saga between the Washington Redskins and perennial Pro Bowl offensive tackle Trent Williams appears to have finally ended, with Washington agreeing to send Williams to the San Francisco 49ers according to Williams’ agent, Vincent Taylor on Saturday.
“The time has come to part ways,” Taylor said in a statement. “Trent Williams is ready to get back to competing in the NFL and is glad to be a part of a great organization like the San Francisco 49ers.”
The Redskins will send Williams to San Francisco in exchange for a fifth-round pick in this year’s NFL draft, and a third-round pick in 2021, league sources confirmed to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
NFL Media and ESPN first reported the details of the completed trade.
Sources also confirmed to Schefter that Williams and the 49ers are expected to restructure the final year of his contract, in which he’s scheduled to make $12.5 million this season.
Williams. 31, has played every game at left tackle since entering the NFL in 2010 as Washington’s No. 4 overall pick. He played his first four NFL seasons with Mike Shanahan as coach and Kyle Shanahan as offensive coordinator.
Now that Williams is in the fold, it appears that left offensive tackle Joe Staley’s time with the 49ers is coming to an end after 13 seasons.
On Monday, 49ers general manager John Lynch said he was confident that Staley would return for his 14th season in 2020 when he spoke to local reporters. But those who watched the 49ers closely in 2019 saw that Staley was breaking down and maybe considering calling it a career.
But according to an additional report by Schefter on Saturday that Staley is expected to retire do to health concerns, which allowed the trade for Williams to take shape:
Who can forget following San Francisco’s close Week 17 win in Seattle, Staley left the field in tears?
“I was super emotional after that game,” Staley said in Seattle. “Been a long time, haven’t won here since 2011. I was overcome with emotion on the field. I sprinted into the tunnel because I was getting choked up.”
Staley, who hardly missed games during his career, missed a career-high nine games in 2019 due to injuries, including a broken leg and a broken and dislocated finger.