NY Jets: Trent Williams’ asking price could be going down

NY Jets, Trent Williams (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
NY Jets, Trent Williams (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

The NY Jets could still be in on possible trade discussions for offensive tackle Trent Williams. And the projected asking price for him has reportedly gone down.

The NY Jets have reportedly shown interest in Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams this offseason. And with rumors that the asking price for the veteran lineman is going down, the Jets could pull the trigger.

Williams has been one of the best offensive tackles in the NFL for nearly a decade now. A first-round pick of the Redskins back in 2010, Williams has made the Pro Bowl in each of the last seven seasons he’s played.

However, that streak doesn’t include last year.

Williams sat out all of 2019 while dealing with injuries and a dispute with ownership and despite his desire to be traded, the Redskins have surprisingly held on to him to this point. Much of the reason for that has been the team’s reported asking price.

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Last October, reports were that Washington was asking for at least a first-round pick in return for their superstar offensive tackle. No team was willing to budge and a trade never facilitated.

That said, it became abundantly clear that Williams’ mistrust of his team’s training staff and front office meant that he had played his last game with the Redskins.

As such, the Redskins have been exploring trade options for Williams once again this offseason. Now, their reported asking price has dipped to a second-round pick. But given Williams’ desire for a big-money contract, teams have been very hesitant.

Once again, the Redskins haven’t found any takers.

The most recent report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport indicated that the Redskins would be “flexible” about their compensation provided Williams lands a deal with his new team.

That’s good news for teams like the Jets who have done extensive homework on Williams over the past year.

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The Jets will be looking to completely revamp their offensive line this offseason and landing a Pro-Bowl-caliber tackle like Williams would go a long way towards providing quarterback Sam Darnold with some help.

General manager Joe Douglas will have plenty of options to make upgrades this offseason including a stacked free-agent crop of linemen as well as a top-heavy draft class featuring four premier offensive tackle prospects.

The Jets don’t need to go after Williams, but even despite his age, the last time Williams played he was still playing at an elite level. Of course, there will be concerns regarding his year off in 2019 and recent injury trouble making it a gamble.

But if the team could somehow land him for one of their two third-round picks, it would be incredibly difficult to pass.

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Trent Williams may not be the most likely option for the Jets, but if the value is right, they might just pull the trigger.