2020-03-24

Trade Or Release Him -- Trent Williams' Agent Demands

Trade or release him.

That’s the demand Vince Taylor, Trent Williams' agent, told Washington Redskins organization.

His agent claims the team has not negotiated ‘in good faith' after allowing Williams to seek a trade partner, Taylor told ESPN in a statement.

"Despite its knowledge of the irreconcilable differences, Washington was unable (or unwilling) to negotiate a trade of Williams. The team then gave Williams and his representatives the right to seek trading partners. Williams' representatives provided the team with trading options, but the Redskins have shown no interest in negotiating in good faith, and, in fact, have given inconsistent demands on what it wants in return for a trade."

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The two-parties not speaking, at times, in the yearlong dispute – only until recent months having a dialogue after veteran coach Ron Riveria was named fired head coach Jay Gruden's replacement. The conversations were reportedly positive, however, Williams' return was stymied when talks reached the extension stage.

"Throughout the process, Williams has maintained his silence and not spoken negatively about the team nor has he pursued potential legal actions. This seems to not be a successful strategy. Players who are outwardly critical of the team do get traded."

Williams, 31, was allowed to seek a trade partner after the organization was unable to sign the All-Pro to an extension.

"Although Trent Williams will always love and respect Dan Snyder, his teammates, and the Washington Redskins' fans, he wants to be traded or released. It's time for the organization to act in a manner that is in both Williams' and the team's best interest."

Williams, who turns 32-years old in July, is asking to be paid in the top-tier of linemen. The club is reportedly demanding, at least, a first-round draft pick in compensation which limits any potential trading partners.

One potential trading partner, Cleveland Browns, who still has interest in Williams after it was believed the asking price was too steep, wrote Mary Kay Cabot on Tuesday, a Browns beat writer.

Williams is due $12.5M this season in the final year of 5-year, $68M contract.

Of which – none is guaranteed.

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