New England Patriots

Trent Williams of the Washington Redskins walks off the field at the end of the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 26, 2015 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Patriots could be looking at a drastic measure to fill their left tackle spot.

According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic via Twitter on Wednesday, the Redskins are having trade discussions involving their Pro-Bowl left tackle Trent Williams. Howe says there’s a “feeling around the league the Patriots would be involved due to depth issues at the position.”

The feeling going into training camp was that second-year tackle Isaiah Wynn would take over for last year’s wire-to-wire starter at left tackle, Trent Brown. But now there’s a possibility that the Pats are targeting another Trent.

Williams is one of the few left tackles in the league who could be considered a real upgrade over Brown. Entering his 10th season, he’s made seven Pro Bowls in a row and was named a first team All-Pro by The Sporting News as recently as 2017.

If the Pats took the plunge with Williams, it would be a bad sign for Wynn. The sophomore lineman out of Georgia apparently isn’t injured, because he’s been a full participant at almost every camp practice (he spent a little time on the conditioning field on Wednesday). But the curiously, he’s barely taken part in any team drills, particularly not with the starters. Dan Skipper and even left guard Joe Thuney have seen time with the starters on the blind side.

The real tricky part with Williams would be his contract. A major reason behind the Redskins’ trade talks is ostensibly Williams’ holdout for a new deal. He’s set to earn over $23 million total cash over the next two seasons.

New England currently has about $7.5 million in cap space, according to Miguel Benzan of the Boston Sports Journal. Williams costs about $14.7 million against the cap in 2019.

So Bill Belichick would have to do some cap maneuvering or trade another player in order to land Williams at this point. And his problems with his contract may be a headache the head coach doesn’t want.

But there’s no question that acquiring Williams would be a power move for a team that, for the first time in decades, has a real question mark at left tackle during camp.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at matthew.dolloff@bbgi.com.