Trent Williams has made it clear that he won’t play for the Washington Redskins again. The Redskins claim they are going to keep him, but at a certain point they will likely cut their losses and move the offensive tackle to a new team. Here are four potential landing spots for Trent Williams.
1. Houston Texans
It is no secret that the Texans need offensive line help. They drafted Tytus Howard in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, but he has his work cut out for him before being able to jump up to the NFL level. Even with Howard, the Texans will have one of the weaker offensive lines in football, which would indicate that they could be a solid trade partner with Washington.
The Texans are already looking to move Jadeveon Clowney. If they can get that deal done, they could have enough assets to entice the Redskins to trade them. It is better if the Texans make an offer sooner rather than later, because they really need to make sure their franchise quarterback, Deshaun Watson, is protected.
2. Seattle Seahawks
Seattle’s offensive line has improved over the last few years, as they ranked first in rushing last season. They can do more though to protect Russell Wilson, who has taken a beating over the years. With Duane Brown at one tackle spot and Williams at the other, the Seahawks actually could have a solid offensive line.
Pete Carroll likely knows that the defense isn’t the same and one way to overcome that is to run the football. If they can do that and protect Wilson by acquiring Williams, a trade with the Redskins would be well worth it. Seattle also should be able to make it work with the salary cap, as they still have over $20 million to spend.
3. Cleveland Browns
The Browns are trying to go all-in with their acquisitions recently. One area they haven’t looked too far into is the offensive line. They waived Desmond Harrison earlier this offseason and have a void at left tackle, along with other spots on the line. The skill position players are talented, but the line has a lot to prove.
While Cleveland has a talented roster, it could all fall apart if the line doesn’t play well. They need to protect their young quarterback and help the running game out as well. Without Harrison and Kevin Zeitler, who was traded to the Giants, the Browns could use an extra offensive lineman or two.
4. New York Jets
Another team that has a young quarterback worth protecting is the New York Jets. Sam Darnold showed flashes of playing good football last season, but for him to develop to his fullest potential, he needs to be protected well. It would also be nice for the Jets to have the best line possible since their new running back, Le’Veon Bell, hasn’t played football in almost a year and a half.
The Jets shouldn’t be afraid of giving up assets, as they already have a quarterback to develop. With over $14 million in cap room, the Jets could find a way to afford Williams and should have the assets to make a good offer to Washington.