Washington Redskins All-Pro offensive tackle Trent Williams has not yet shown up to training camp. The 31 year old standout is reportedly looking for a new contract but there’s more to the story.
According to CBS Insider Jason La Canfora, “the relationship between Trent Williams and Skins is totally fractured. He doesn’t trust Bruce Allen or the medical team there and made it known long ago he does not intend to play for them again.”
That’s bad news for a Washington team who is currently giving Williams’ first team reps to former Giant mega-bust Ereck Flowers. Additionally, the team is focused on signing former Raider LT Donald Penn, as Allen digs his heels in against his longtime franchise left tackle.
So where does all this leave the Arizona Cardinals? It leaves them in prime position to add a borderline top 5 left tackle roughly six weeks before the start of the season.
Williams is both a premier run and pass protector when healthy. While he’s missed some time in recent seasons (averaged 12.25 games played over the last four seasons), he’s the picture of health compared to current Cardinal LT D.J. Humphries.
Oh and he’s a far, far better player.
For those who have been living under a rock, the Cardinals have blindly committed to Humphries throughout the entire offseason. A decision I’ve deemed a major mistake. However, no player the quality of Williams has sniffed the market in either free agency or the draft.
His addition would be an incredible boost for an offense already in complete transition. It would be comparable to the LA Rams throwing QB Jared Goff a lifeline and signing LT Andrew Whitworth (35) back in 2017. One could argue this move, along with the hiring of Sean McVay, saved Goff’s career from complete and utter disaster
So if Washington is in fact looking to move Williams, what would it take? I’d have zero hesitation offering up the aforementioned Humphries along with a 2020 2nd round pick. This compares very favorably to the 2017 trade deadline deal made between Seattle and Houston in which the Seahawks secured LT Duane Brown.
Now comes the part where we need to address the eventual contract extension required to get Williams on the field, but that shouldn’t be too difficult. He is scheduled to earn an $11 million base salary this year, and $12.5 million next year. Arizona would immediately shed roughly $9 million if they included Humphries in the deal while the team is scheduled to have $64,117,804 million in cap space come spring of 2020.
They can work something out, especially with Murray on his incredibly team friendly rookie deal.
As for Washington, the team is already in a contract stalemate with standout All Pro guard Brandon Scherff, whom you’d assume they’d prioritize as he’s considerably younger (27) than Williams (31).
This all adds up as the perfect storm for a Cardinal team in desperate need for an impact player upfront on the offensive line. To the surprise of no one, Kyler Murray already looks exceptional at Cardinal Camp but that won’t last throughout the season if he’s left hanging out to dry by the likes of Humphries on game day.
Steve Keim may have parted ways with yet another first round bust yesterday, but the perception of the Humphries pick could change (ala Jonathan Cooper) if he secured another Pro Bowler in the process.
The Cardinals may have blown the chance to have Murray’s Oklahoma running mate, Cody Ford, operate as his left tackle in the desert but I need not mention Williams’ alma mater.
The time is now. Make the move, Steve.