49ers Strike Gold, Steal Trent Williams To End Standoff

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The Redskins' long-time standoff with standout offensive tackle Trent Williams is finally over.

Williams, who missed the entire 2019 NFL season between a contract dispute and failed physical, will now take his talents west and transition from the lowest of the lows to the defending NFC champions.

He is likely thrilled at the idea of playing for a contender, and his ability to step into the left tackle role for the 49ers reaffirms their status as a team to be reckoned with as they continue their run-heavy attack.

For Washington, this marks the end of an ugly stretch. Washington is under new management with coach Ron Rivera running the show this offseason, but let's call a spade a spade. Washington is getting what it deserves in receiving so little back for such a high profile player.

The way Washington handled its dispute with Williams was baffling and completely disregarded his value as a player. Williams was understandably put off by how the organization handled his health scare, which was later revealed to be a cancerous growth, and vowed not to return.

Instead of looking to maximize Williams' value, former executive Bruce Allen decided to play hardball with Williams, calling his bluff and refusing to trade him before the deadline. Allen could have commandeered as much as a first-round pick by some teams, including the Browns.

Allen's decision to make things personal cost Washington valuable draft capital, Williams a year of his playing career and likely was a contributing variable in Allen losing his job.

Not that you'll hear San Francisco object; they effectively steal a seven-time Pro Bowl pass protector. The 49ers secured Williams at the cost of a fifth-round pick this year and a third-round pick in 2021. It's hard to imagine why more teams weren't in at that price, or maybe they were. 

Regardless, Washington will have to live with the cost of its prior sins, but all involved should be happy to put this in the rearview mirror.

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Kyle Crabbs

Director of Content

Director of Content & Senior NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. Co-host of the Draft Dudes podcast. Former NDT Scouting Overlord.

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