Trent Williams’ days in Landover are finally over.
The veteran left tackle has been traded from Washington to the San Francisco 49ers, who didn’t give up a whole lot to get him.
Trade: Washington has agreed to send Pro-Bowl OT Trent Williams to the SF 49ers in exchange for a fifth-round pick this year and a third-round pick next year, league sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 25, 2020
Keep in mind that the 49ers barely have any draft picks left, so they’re down to just two for the rest of Sunday.
Williams is a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and earned Second-Team All-Pro honors in 2015. He did not play in 2019 for well-documented reasons (Washington is an awful franchise); Williams reported to Washington before the trade deadline but stayed put, much to his annoyance. His fractured relationship with general manager Bruce Allen ended when Washington fired Allen, but it was time to move on.
As for what spurred this move, it’s the expected retirement of their great left tackle Joe Staley. The 35-year-old has unspecified “health concerns” that led to the 49ers talking to Washington about the Williams trade.
Here’s what helped set into motion the Trent Williams’ trade: six-time Pro Bowl and All-Decade OT Joe Staley is expected to retire due to health concerns, per league sources. The 35-year-old Staley wanted to inform the 49ers in a timely way to help find a replacement. They have.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 25, 2020
Staley’s departure will free up some 49ers cap space, and they intend to restructure the final year of Williams’ contract.