2020-02-24

Extension Reportedly Last Hurdle For Williams' Return To Washington

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Trent Williams, Washington Redskins have appeared to mended their relationship after heading toward a divorce.

Williams met face-to-face with new Washington coach Ron Riveria on Monday in Indianapolis, Riveria suggested to Washington Posts' Lee Carpenter, “conversations have been positive.”

However, he didn’t elaborate about on-going conversations with, seven-time Pro Bowler, Williams.

“One person with knowledge of the situation said mostly financial issues stand in the way of Williams coming back, suggesting that Rivera and Williams have worked through the other problems that kept Williams away for all but a week of last season,” Carpenter writes.

Riveria wouldn't say an extension would guarantee Williams' return to the organization, “I have nothing new to report, ” he told Carpenter, following Monday's league competition meeting.

Williams, 31, is likely seeking financial security through an extension after the team, last season, levied millions in fines and lost bonuses. After returning to the team, the organization placed him on the team's non-football injury list.

Thus, stripping him of the remaining $11.5M of his non-guarantee contract last season.

Considered among the league's top linemen, Williams will be due $14.5M, this season, which is not guaranteed under the terms of his expiring five-year, $68M contract, according to Spotrac figures.

He will likely seek a contract that aligns him with top earners, such as, former Oklahoma lineman Lane Johnson, who signed the richest contract for a guard last season, a four-year, $72M contract with $55M fully guaranteed.

Riveria, Washington's newly installed front office will have an excess of $55M in cap space to sign free agents or extend expiring contracts this offseason.

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