The San Francisco 49ers agreed to acquire the Pro Bowl, left forward Trent Williams of the Washington Redskins, on Saturday for a pair of draft picks.
The Niners will send a fifth round pick in this year’s draft and a third round in 2021 to acquire Williams, who still has to pass a physical exam before the trade is finalized.
Williams’ agent Vincent Taylor said in a statement that it was time for Williams to leave Washington after having been absent all last season in a dispute with management.
“Trent Williams is ready to compete in the NFL and is happy to be part of a great organization like the San Francisco 49ers,” said Taylor.
Williams has suspended the entire 2019 season due to a dispute with the Washington front office. The Redskins did not trade it before the October 29 deadline, and Williams renewed its trade request this off-season.
In November Williams revealed that he had cancer and said that it had led him to distrust medical personnel and the Redskins organization as a whole. Aged 31 at the time, he said “there was no confidence” with President Bruce Allen, who was laid off after Washington’s 3-13 season.
The medical staff has also been overhauled and new coach Ron Rivera has taken over football operations. Rivera spoke to Williams and it looked like there was hope to fix the relationship.
Instead, the Redskins gave Williams’ officials permission to search for business partners and this led to the agreement with San Francisco on the third day of the project.
The deal unites him with 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, who was the offensive coordinator in Washington when Williams was drafted fourth overall in 2010.
Trade could also mean longtime San Francisco striker Joe Staley plans to retire. Staley will be 36 in August and missed nine games last season with leg and finger injuries.
Williams played the Pro Bowl each season from 2012 to 2018 and is considered one of the best left tackles in the league when he is healthy. He has one year left on his contract, which will earn him $ 12.5 million this season.
The Williams acquisition is the biggest veteran addition this season for defending NFC 49ers champion. They spent free time trying to keep the team together, reaching agreements with defensive lineman Arik Armstead and security Jimmie Ward.
They then drafted defensive forward Jevon Kinlaw and wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk in the first round to replace DeForest Buckner and Emmanuel Sanders. Now they’ve added one of the best tackles in the league.
A few minutes after the trade ended, the Redskins drafted Williams’ potential replacement, LSU lineman Saahdiq Charles, with 108th choice.
“Having grown up as an offensive lineman, I have watched Trent’s film several times and have great respect for his acting,” said Charles. “Just to see that they swapped it and chose me, it just shows what they might have in mind for me. I’m going to go in (with) hard work and go do my thing. “