Wonder no more: Trent Williams says "the bridge has definitely been burned."
The Redskins left tackle claims he asked team doctors numerous times over the last six years about a growth on his head and told them he was concerned about it. Williams said Redskins doctors repeatedly classified the growth as a cyst. Williams told USA Today the doctors said, "it wasn't that serious," when he asked if the growth could be removed during a scheduled operation on his knee in 2017.
Williams said he asked about the growth on two separate occasions while undergoing producers during the 2018 season, as well, and was told to wait for the offseason. It wasn't until Jan. 2019 that Williams received a call informing him a biopsy revealed the growth was cancerous, per USA Today.
“It wasn’t his fault. He’s not down there in the training room. It’s not on him. It’s not on anybody. I had a very rare form of cancer; my displeasure comes from how long it lingered and how it was neglected and how it almost cost me my life,” Williams told the media in October.
“They started putting poison pills out there, that it was just about the money," Williams told USA Today. "The talk about me missing appointments? I’ll tell you what it was. It was scheduled for a Thursday, and I went on a Friday. I just had gotten it off by a day, one time.”
However, Williams did not deny he did ask for a contract extension early this offseason and told USA Today had a long conversation about a possible extension with Allen. “I knew I was coming up on a year with no guaranteed money, and I wanted to open the conversation about them making me a Redskin for the rest of my career,” Williams said.
According to Williams, Allen denied his request for an extension. "I felt like they could have worked something out if they really wanted me," Williams told USA Today. "But the breaking point was how things played out with my health and how I felt like I was mistreated. I put this organization first for so long, but they never took it seriously, and I do stand for something, and I felt like it’s not just a stand for me, but for future players as well. Because let’s be honest, they’ve got a bad track record.”
“If I felt like they were genuine, I’d be all for it,” Williams told USA Today about the investigation. “They’re not doing it to find out what went wrong. They’re doing it to cover their butts.
"Mine isn’t the only situation they got wrong. There are a lot of situations they could have looked into. Why didn’t they do it before now? Why didn’t they do it in (McCoy’s) case? And they keep putting out these false reports. That’s never helpful. I just feel like regardless of what the findings of the investigation are, they’re going to try to find a way to paint me negatively and make themselves look better.”