2020-05-30

Trent Williams, 49ers restructure final season of contract

Trent Williams, San Francisco 49ers have restructured the tackle’s final year of his 5-year, $68M contract, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Williams joined Rapoport’s “Rapsheet + Friends” podcast for an in-depth conversation, including an alleged misdiagnosed medical condition, a fresh start in San Francisco after the end of his relationship with Washington Redskins organization.

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"One thing that Trent Williams told me during the interview is that he did get an agreement on the restructured final year of his contract due to make $12.5 million," Rapoport said, via Yahoo! Sports.

Williams, 31, will receive a portion his $12.5M salary prorated, effectively becoming a signing bonus allowing the team to clear cap space this season and rolling over the portion into 2021 season.

"Still going to make about that sum, but the 49ers put some of this money upfront. A little help for a guy who remember didn't make anything in 2019,” Rapoport added.

While in Washington, Williams' representative Vincent Taylor denied reports, his client was demanding quarterback money that would align him with top-tier of linemen including former Oklahoma lineman Lane Johnson.

Last season, Johnson signed a record 4-year, $68M contract with Philadelphia Eagles, meanwhile, Williams, a seven-time Pro Bowler, is currently the eighth highest-paid left tackle in the league, according to Spotrac figures.

In his conversation with Rapoport, Williams said he was prepared to return to the team after being fitted for a specialized helmet despite medical concerns.

However, the team’s front-office upended his return by placing him on NFI – voiding the remaining $6M of his non-guaranteed 2019-20 base salary.

"The competitive juices started to flow, so I was really prepared to make my return last year," Williams told Rapoport, via NFL.com.

“I was literally waiting on my new helmet to come in. I was getting ready to kind of gear up and it was going to be somewhat of a surprise to some, but I think for the people who know me best they know how competitive I am, ” Williams said.

John Lynch, 49ers general manager, didn’t hesitate to acquire Williams despite not securing the All-Pro tackle to a long-term contract.

"I think the plan was to land him right now and then let the rest kind of work itself out,"  Lynch told ESPN in April.

Rapoport’s conversation with Williams will be available on Tuesday.



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