Report: Trent Williams 'likely' to return to Redskins

During the entirety of 2019 season, the relationship between Trent Williams and the Washington Redskins looked broken beyond repair. A real Humpty Dumpty situation. 

But evidently, all the king's horseman and all the king's men did not include Ron Rivera.

According to Pro Football Network's Tony Pauline, the new Redskins head coach may be close to putting the relationship back together again.

"The belief is Trent Williams is likely to return to Washington since they've cleaned house," Pauline said this week on The Draft Insiders podcast. "A source told me outright Williams will return to Washington because of Ron Rivera."

Williams, who is in the final year of a five-year, $66 million extension, carries a $14.5 million cap hit if he returns to the play for Washington this season.

The Washington Post expanded upon Pauline's information on Friday, reporting the team believes there is a strong chance of a reconciliation and Rivera remains set on convincing Williams to return to the team, citing a person familiar with the organization's planning.

The Post's source said the "tea leaves" indicate the left tackle will return and securing that reunion is “still a huge focus for Ron.”

Earlier this offseason, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said the new administration in Ashburn was open to a reunion. "They do consider him part of the team. He's a great player, they love great players and it sounds like they want him to play for them," he said.

Rapoport added the team's new training staff, led by Ryan Vermillion, was "a huge addition by Ron Rivera, especially considering so many of Trent Williams' issues with the Redskins involve medical and how they handled everything involving his health."

Earlier in February, Rivera and Williams "touched base for what sounded like a positive conversation," according to Rapoport, who added, "The next step would be for Williams to come in to visit, but the two sides are now communicating."
After skipping the Skins' mandatory minicamp in June, Williams sat out the entirety of the 2019 NFL season due to various disagreements with the Redskins. Williams told USA Today "the bridge has definitely been burned" with the front office before outlining the full extent of his issues with the organization, the medical staff, and former team president Bruce Allen, in an extensive interview in with 106.7 The Fan's Craig Hoffman.
The return of the seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle this season could impact the Redskins' decision in the 2020 NFL Draft. However, if Williams does return, he is only under contract for one more season and turns 32 in July. The Redskins could still sign Williams to an extension or trade him.  
However, the left tackle's decision could be irrelevant when it comes to the team's draft plans. Pauline wrote that not only does Rivera love top pass rusher Chase Young, but Redskins owner Daniel Snyder wants the Ohio State product as well. "It seems unanimous the owner and the coach are on the same page on drafting Young at this point," he wrote.

“If they bring (Williams) back, and draft Chase Young," Pauline said, "all of a sudden things take a new look, a much more positive look, for the Redskins.”

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