Williams said Thursday that he feels "rejuvenated to say the least" after having been traded to the 49ers, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Williams has had the benefit of over a year away from the field to recover from the physical stresses of playing in the NFL, as his last game-time action came December of 2018. The 31-year-old noted that it was effectively his first sabbatical from football in over two decades, saying "I feel like I'm 25 again." Williams, who was traded to the 49ers in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round pick and a 2021 third-round pick on Saturday, also confirmed his intent to participate in offseason training with his new team. He's in line to replace Joe Staley as San Francisco's starting left tackle.
Williams (head) was traded to the 49ers from Washington on Saturday for a fifth-round pick in the 2020 Draft and a third-round pick next year, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The Williams saga is finally over. After a grueling public relations battle with the Redskins' front office over the past 12 months, the former Pro Bowl left tackle will find a new home in San Francisco. The 31-year-old had a growth removed from his head during the lead-in to the 2019 season, ultimately opting to sit out the entire campaign in what essentially amounted to a contract-related holdout. With 13-year starter Joe Staley reportedly still contemplating retirement, the Williams acquisition would go a long way toward finding an immediate replacement.
Williams' agent reiterated Tuesday that the left tackle wants to be traded or released, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Williams has been seeking his trade or release since last offseason, and he was finally given permission to find a trade a few weeks ago. His representatives have been able to locate potential trade partners, but Washington management hasn't been able to complete a deal. The 31-year-old left tackle seems to be hoping public pressure can move the process along, perhaps noting that the team recently traded away top cornerback Quinton Dunbar for a mere fifth-round pick.
The Redskins have given Williams (head) permission to seek a trade, Dianna Russini of ESPN reports.
Williams missed the entire 2019 season as a result of frustrations with Washington's medical staff and an inability to comfortably wear a football helmet, having undergone surgery the previous offseason to remove a cancerous growth from his skull. The star left tackle has long made his intent to seek either a trade or a new deal explicitly clear, and though the arrival of new coach Ron Rivera appeared to bring a more positive light to his relationship with the Redskins, it now looks as though Williams will move on to greener pastures. In spite of any lingering medical concerns (Williams hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2013), the seven-time Pro Bowler should find himself in high demand by teams around the league, as premier left tackles are highly sought-after commodities. It remains to be seen, however, what compensation Washington would demand in order to move Williams.
Williams (head) has been in contact with new Washington coach Ron Rivera, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Williams had surgery last offseason to remove a cancerous growth on his head, and he ended up missing the entire 2019 campaign, citing frustration with the Washington organization as well as his inability to wear a football helmet without feeling pain. It isn't clear if the seven-time Pro Bowler might be willing to play for the team now that there's a new coaching staff and a new medical staff in place. Rivera hopes to convince the star left tackle to suit up for Washington in 2020, the final season of Williams' five-year, $66 million contract.
Williams (head) has been placed on the non-football injury list, officially ruling him out for the 2019 season, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.
Williams was unable to wear a helmet without pain after undergoing offseason surgery, and he never seemed to have any intention of playing for Washington again. His 2019 season is over before it started, while the battle between player and team rages on. The 31-year-old left tackle was named as a Pro Bowler each of the past seven seasons.
The Redskins will use a two-week roster exemption on Williams (head) after he failed his physical Wednesday, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Williams was unable to wear a helmet without feeling pain after undergoing offseason surgery, but he otherwise appears physically fit. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the veteran left tackle could end up on the non-football injury list if the team is unable to find a suitable helmet in the next two weeks. Williams has already made it quite clear he has no intention of taking the field for the Redskins, and there's been no indication of that changing anytime soon.
Williams (head) didn't pass his physical since his helmet felt uncomfortable when he put it on, Craig Hoffman of 106.7 The Fan Washington reports.
It has already been reported the veteran left tackle doesn't plan to play for the Redskins this year, so it's unlikely the team finds a helmet that makes Williams comfortable. Considering he can simply continue failing physicals, Williams has an easy way to stay off the field while keeping his contract from tolling. He hopes to be traded following the 2019 season with one year remaining on his $13.6 million AAV contract.
Despite reporting to the Redskins' facility Tuesday, Williams (head) has no plans to play this year, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Williams initially held out for financial reasons, but just as importantly, he was upset with Washington's medical staff allegedly not looking out for his best interests. The Redskins didn't deal him at the trade deadline, however, so the veteran left tackle reported almost immediately, stopping the weekly fines and ensuring the current season counts against his contract, which is set to expire after 2020. It doesn't sound like Williams will suit up for the Redskins this year (or ever again), so as long as he remains on the sidelines, Donald Penn will continue starting at left tackle.
Williams (head) reported to the Redskins' facility Tuesday before the trade deadline, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Williams was the top offensive lineman on the market ahead of Tuesday's 4:00 p.m. ET deadline, but the Redskins didn't reach a deal. The veteran offensive tackle returned in time to keep his contract from tolling, so he'll have just one year remaining on his deal following the 2019 season. It's not clear if Williams is recovered from a head injury that has bothered him since April. Once he's healthy, however, Williams is expected to start at left tackle for the Redskins.
The Redskins are now listening to trade offers for Williams (head/contract dispute), Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Williams has outright said he won't return to the Redskins "anytime soon," so the team is best served by trading the prized left tackle and reeling in draft picks. Rapoport named the Browns as a potential bidder, but there are plenty of suitable landing spots where Williams would be an upgrade. The Redskins have until Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. ET to make a deal.
President Bruce Allen said Monday that the team isn't considering trading Williams (head/contract dispute) at this time, Grant Paulsen of The Athletic reports.
Allen also said he hasn't been in recent contact with any other team regarding a trade, so it appears the team is content to let Williams sit out the season. According to Dianna Russini of ESPN, the veteran left tackle "doesn't have any plans of returning to the Redskins anytime soon," leaving the current stalemate with no end in sight.
Williams (head/contract dispute) and the Redskins have made no ground on contract or trade talks, Mike Jones of USA Today reports.
The Redskins' offensive front has done a solid job of keeping Case Keenum upright through two weeks, as Keenum has only been sacked twice. The run game has been disappointing with 2.5 YPC, but the Redskins don't feel rushed to make a move with Williams. Without ongoing talks, Williams won't be playing football for the foreseeable future.
Williams (head/contract dispute) was absent from the team facility Wednesday and won't play Sunday versus the Eagles, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The veteran left tackle, who has two years remaining on his five-year, $66 million deal, will carry his holdout into the regular season. There are reports of Williams being frustrated with the team's medical staff for not looking out for his best interests, and his dissatisfaction with the team has led to demands to be traded or released. Williams has long been one of the league's top left tackles, so his absence for at least Week 1 will hurt the team immensely. Donald Penn is slated to start in his place.
Williams (head, holdout) told former teammate De'Angelo Hall that there is "zero chance" he rejoins the Redskins next week, Chris Russell of 106.7 The Fan reports.
Team president Bruce Allen believes Williams will play for Washington this season, though the left tackle seems consistent in his willingness to miss games. Williams reportedly is frustrated with the team's medical staff and front office, believing he was pressured to play last season when he should've been sent off for additional medical treatment. He had a growth removed from his head during the offseason, and he now hopes to be traded or released. Williams was selected to the Pro Bowl each of the past seven years, consistently earning recognition as one of the top offensive linemen in the league. The drop off to Donald Penn or Geron Christian at left tackle will be a steep one for the Washington offense.
The Redskins are standing firm in the decision to not field trade offers from other teams for Williams (head/holdout), Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Word on the street is that Williams is dissatisfied with the Redskins' medical staff for pressuring him to play last season, only to have an outside party discover a growth or tumor on his head that eventually required offseason surgery to remove. He thus remained away from the offseason program, during which he demanded a trade or his release, and didn't report to training camp. From the Redskins' perspective, Williams has two seasons remaining on a five-year, $66 million deal, so it's logical for the team to hold off on any trade talks with money being used as a carrot to report. His presence as a protector on the blind side also would be huge in the early development of 2019 first-round QB Dwayne Haskins, whenever the rookie is able to get on the field.
Redskins senior VP of public relations Tony Wyllie denied a report from Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports that claims the relationship between Williams (head, holdout) and the team is fractured beyond repair, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports.
There's no debate about Williams being displeased, but the extent of his frustration isn't quite clear, nor is it clear whether his contract or a disagreement with the team's medical staff is the primary concern. Either way, he's a holdout from the early days of training camp, presumably angling for a trade or a raise/extension. Williams has two seasons remaining on a five-year, $66 million contract -- a deal that set a record for an offensive tackle at the time but has since been surpassed by some lesser players. The 31-year-old is a seven-time Pro Bowler for good reason, but he missed multiple games each of the past four seasons and hasn't played a full 16 since 2013. Even so, it will be a huge loss for the Washington offense if Williams isn't starting at left tackle come Week 1. His offseason health issue -- a growth/tumor on his head -- isn't believed to be a threat to his regular-season availability.
Williams (head) was placed on the reserve/did not report list Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
While Williams did have a growth or tumor removed from his head during the offseason, prompting some disagreements with the team's medical staff, it appears the veteran's absence is entirely related to his desires for a new contract. The Redskins signed Corey Robinson, formerly of the Jaguars, as a result, which would seem to suggest Williams' holdout could extend later into training camp.
Coach Jay Gruden said "We expect him here shortly" when asked about Williams' absence from training camp Wednesday, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Williams has not reported to Washington's training camp due to disagreements with the team's medical staff relating to a growth or tumor removed from his head during the offseason. There appears to be optimism surrounding the situation, though the left tackle is also seeking a new contract. Williams hasn't played a full 16 games since 2013, but he's outstanding when healthy and boasts seven consecutive Pro Bowls. The departure of backup Ty Nsekhe in free agency may lend Williams additional leverage in negotiations, as Washington lacks quality depth on the offensive line and should prioritize the protection of rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
Williams (head) isn't expected to report to training camp, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Williams had a growth or tumor removed from his head during the offseason and reportedly was frustrated with how the Redskins handled his medical situation. He's also believed to be seeking a new contract as he enters the fourth season of a five-year, $66 million extension. A report in June suggested William demanded to be traded or released, but it now seems he may reconsider if the Redskins give him a contract that places him near the top of the league among offensive linemen. His $13.2 million average annual value ranks seventh among tackles and 10th among all O-linemen, per overthecap.com.