The Trent Williams saga is finally over. Williams didn’t play for the Washington Redskins this past year following concerns over how they handled a growth on his head that wound up being cancerous, and he received a much-anticipated trade Saturday during day three of the NFL Draft, with the Redskins sending him to the San Francisco 49ers for the 49ers’ fifth-round pick this year and their third-round pick next year. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Tom Pelissero and Mike Garafolo broke the news:
Finally: The #Redskins have agreed to terms on a trade of LT Trent Williams to the #49ers, per me, @TomPelissero & @MikeGarafolo. It took until Day 3 of the Draft, but Washington gets it done, and SF gets help at a position of need. It’s for a 5th this year and 3rd next year.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 25, 2020
Williams, the fourth-overall pick in the 2010 draft, made seven straight Pro Bowls with the Redskins from 2012-18. He’s 31, and there are plenty of people excited about what he can bring to the 49ers. And this move makes particular sense for San Francisco considering that incumbent LT Joe Staley (a six-time Pro Bowl selection in his own right) is expected to retire due to health concerns, with ESPN’s Adam Schefter reporting that Staley told the 49ers of that plan in advance of the draft:
For the Redskins, this seems like not a lot of return, especially considering that the Patriots reportedly offered a first-round pick for Williams last summer. And that fits with the overall dysfunction they’ve shown around Williams’ situation. But the team did wind up using the second pick of the fourth round pick (108th overall) on another offensive tackle, LSU’s Saahdiq Charles. We’ll see how he works out as a replacement.