Redskins give Trent Williams 5-year, $66 million contract extension

The Redskins' quarterback situation remains murky at best, but the franchise made sure their quarterback moving forward will be well protected in the years to come. On Saturday, the Redskins and Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams agreed to a five-year contract extension that is reportedly worth up to $66 million.

The contract is believed to make Williams the highest paid offensive tackle in the history of the league.

The news was first reported by Ian Rapoport, who cited agent Vincent Taylor. Soon after, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the same information as Rapoport. Just minutes after both reports, Williams confirmed the news via Twitter, though the exact value of the deal is still unconfirmed.

Williams was selected by the Redskins with the No. 4 pick in the 2010 draft. Since then, Williams, 27, has gone to three Pro Bowls. In the past three seasons, Williams has only missed one game, though he's dealt with a sore toe this summer.

Without Williams in the team's most recent preseason game, quarterback Robert Griffin III was smothered and sacked repeatedly, eventually leaving the game with a concussion. Now, the Redskins' quarterback situation is messier than ever, with some reports saying that Kirk Cousins could be the team's starter come Week 1.

Whichever quarterback winds up being the team's guy moving forward will be pleased to have Williams anchoring the left side of the offensive line.

Trent Williams signed a deal to remain with the Redskins for five more years. (USATSI)
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Sean Wagner-McGough joined CBS Sports in 2015 after graduating from UC Berkeley. A native of Seattle, Sean now resides in the Bay Area. He spends his spare time defending Jay Cutler on Twitter. Full Bio

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