Trent Williams happy to be nearing resolution with Redskins

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Trent Williams is "just happy" to be heading towards a resolution after the Redskins gave him permission Thursday to seek a trade, John Keim reports.

From Trent Williams via text: "I'm just happy this situation seems to be heading towards an end."

— John Keim (@john_keim) March 5, 2020

Why not? It's been nine months since he first requested a new contract or to be traded from Washington, a lengthy battle that ultimately couldn't be resolved by incoming head coach Ron Rivera.

Since the news was first reported by ESPN's Dianna Russini, Williams has already garnered trade interest from the Cleveland Browns, who have yet to find an adequate replacement for Joe Thomas since his retirement after the 2017 season. Williams is playing his cards right, proving he's in tip-top shape just as he hits the market after more than a year away from football.

Washington OT Trent Williams has been given permission to seek a trade through his agent Vincent Taylor, as @diannaESPN has reported. Here is video of Williams working out this week. pic.twitter.com/FwAeT5ELMO

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 5, 2020

Cleveland will "likely also have to weigh giving up the No. 10 overall pick for Williams," adds Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot.

While trading Williams for a first-round pick would be a no-brainer at this point, the Browns are also entertaining the idea of bringing in 38-year-old Jason Peters. Philadelphia and their longtime left tackle mutually agreed to part ways on Thursday after 11 seasons together.

As Cabot notes, Williams already has "an ally in Cleveland in new offensive line coach Bill Callahan, who coached him in Washington from 2015-18."

Williams will be 32 when the 2020 season kicks off and hasn't played a single snap in the NFL since Dec. 2018.