Trent Williams A Possibility for Tampa?
There’s a new and very intriguing name on the Trade Block and it’s Redskins perennial Pro Bowl Left Tackle Trent Williams. It’s a rarity when a starting Left Tackle hits the trade block, but it’s almost unheard of for a player of Trent Williams caliber becomes available at the second most sought after position on an offense. The question now is should the Bucs act on this opportunity?
Williams (who is entering his 10th season) has played his entire NFL career for the Washington Redskins, where he was drafted fourth overall in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft. Before he was drafted, Williams attended the University of Oklahoma where he was voted to the all conference team twice (Big 12), and was named a Unanimous All-American in his final season. Since entering the league, Williams has continued to rack up the accolades. He has made the Pro Bowl every season since 2012. Making seven straight pro bowls is just part of Williams already decorated career as he was named Second-team All-Pro in 2015. Consistently being named to the named to the NFL Top 100 players list is just another feather in the cap of his.
To give an idea of the rare athleticism that Williams possesses, he ran a 4.88 40 yard dash weighing 315 lbs and standing just under 6 feet 5 inches at the 2010 NFL scouting Combine. During his time in college he proved to be versatile playing his first two years at right tackle and his final two at left tackle. So the question looms with that frame, athleticism, versatility, and abundance of talent do the Bucs get aggressive and pursue Williams?
In 2015, Trent Williams signed a five year, $66 million contract extension with the Washington Redskins. In 2019 alone Williams is set to make $14,729,008, which gets into half the reason for his holdout and the Redskins making him available. With the way the market works Williams is now the eighth highest paid offensive tackle in the NFL ranking behind Buccaneers own Donovan Smith.
Trent Williams is currently holding out and while he wants more money he has another motive behind it. In April Williams had a surgery to remove a tumor from his head and while he has recovered he’s very frustrated with the way the Redskins doctors handled the whole situation. That is just the latest in health issues for the 31 year old tackle. He’s missed 16 games due to injuries since 2014.
Now to the golden question, will the Bucs make a move for Williams. I do not expect Trent Williams to play for The 2019-20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers and neither should you, here’s 3 reasons why:
For starters, without clearing out some serious cap space the Bucs simply can NOT afford Trent Williams current contract. Not to mention he’s wanting an extension that will pay him even more.
Donovan Smith and Demar Dotson:
Regardless of your opinion on Donovan Smith, The Bucs have invested heavily in their 5th year home grown tackle. Just earlier this year, Smith signed a 3 year, $41.5 Million dollar extension. Smith just turned 26 this offseason and could dramatically improve under the new regime. On the other side of the line, you have Demar Dotson who when healthy is a very good Right Tackle. Dotson, who is entering his 11th season, is already on the books for nearly 5 million for the 2019 season.
Sometimes the best ability is availability, and that is no concern for Donovan Smith. Smith hasn’t missed a game in his four year career. In that same four year time period, Trent Williams has missed 15 games, which is nearly an entire season when put together. While there’s no denying health has been a concern for Demar Dotson, he did only miss 1 game last season where Williams missed 3.
It is a rare occurrence that players this talented become available but this is not a move to look for the Bucs to make. The offensive tackle position while not great is not the biggest hole on the Bucs roster and appears to be serviceable heading into the season. It would not surprise me to see Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht add some depth to the position but don’t expect a Trent Williams esque player to be the move.