Chargers deadline move No. 1: Acquiring tackle Trent Williams
A move many fans have wanted to see made since the announcement of his frustration with the Washington Redskins is the acquisition of perennial Pro-Bowl offensive tackle Trent Williams. Since coming into the league, Williams has been nothing short of dominant in the trenches. Williams has not allowed more than eight sacks over an entire season in his entire career, and has consistently graded out as one of Pro Football Focus‘ top players at the tackle position. It is clear why fans would love for the tackle to be added to an offensive line which has graded out as one of the worst in football, but don’t believe that it makes Telesco any more likely to try and get a deal done.
Why won’t Telesco trade for Williams? It is because of both the return of Russell Okung and the price tag that would have to be met for a player of Williams’ caliber. The Redskins have made it clear they are not looking to move the tackle unless a team comes around with an absolutely incredible offer they cannot resist. While that may not have been too unrealistic about four weeks ago (although still unlikely), the return of the team’s own Pro-Bowl tackle likely has Telesco feeling that the offensive line will be a much better unit going forward this season; against the Chicago Bears, the team gave up just one sack.
Sending what would likely have to be a first-round pick, plus even one or more later round picks is something Telesco just will not do if he has even the slightest doubt that great improvement is on the horizon. Do not look for Williams to be wearing powder blue anytime soon, if ever.