The official radio station of the Redskins came out with a whopper on Thursday: The Patriots tried to swing a trade for left tackle Trent Williams, offering up their 2020 first-round pick in exchange for the 31-year-old Williams, but were told no by Redskins officials. That’s the story from Kevin Sheehan of Team 980, anyhow.
#Redskins #TrentWilliams news: @kevinsheehanDC on @Team980 - "The #Patriots were willing to offer their 2020 first round pick for #TrentWilliams, but were told by the #Redskins it wasn't enough..."— The Team 980 (@team980) August 22, 2019
A seven-time Pro Bowler, Williams has been holding out of Washington’s camp due to issues with the team’s medical staff. That’s not something you can solve with a bucket of money, either, leading many to believe that Williams will be on the outs due to those irreconcilable differences with the only NFL team he’s ever known.
Understanding that situation, it’s hard to imagine the Patriots offering a first-round pick for a disgruntled talent, and it’s hard to imagine the Redskins saying no to a first-round pick for a player who has no interest in being there.
Something just didn’t quite add up with that rumor.
And it’s since been shot down by two different NFL insiders.
From what I understand, this is false. “Unequivocally not true” was the precise wording. So, carry on https://t.co/2S91yATSPX— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 22, 2019
ESPN’s Field Yates, meanwhile, went right off the top rope with his shutdown attempt.
The Patriots are not - and have not been - in the business of trading for Redskins OT Trent Williams. They did not offer a first round pick for him. He's not on their radar.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 22, 2019
For what it’s worth, 2018 first-round pick Isaiah Wynn is expected to get another start at left tackle in tonight’s preseason contest against the Panthers.