Trent Williams reported to the Redskins on Tuesday, but his contract could still toll by a full year, Mike Florio of PFT writes. It has been assumed that by reporting before Week 10, Williams will ensure that he still gets credit for the 2019 year. However, the precedent of the Joey Galloway ruling doesn’t necessarily cover him – the Redskins could delay him by using a roster exemption for up to three weeks, giving him fewer than eight weeks on the roster. And, if they do that, the Redskins could argue that 2019 does not count on Williams’ contract, which would push his free agency entry all the way to 2021.
Here’s more on the Redskins and Williams:
- By reporting before 4pm on Tuesday, Williams ensured that the Redskins will not have to petition the commissioner for his reinstatement this week (Twitter link via ESPN.com’s John Keim). That’s at least one hurdle cleared for Williams, who wants to protect against the possibility of the Redskins robbing him of an accrued season.
- Near the deadline, the Browns tried, and failed, to get the Redskins to take a second-rounder and a current player for Williams (via John Clayton of 710 Seattle). The Browns had Giants tackle Nate Solder as their fallback option, but they were unable to beat the buzzer.
- No deal for Williams was ever close, Mike Jones of USA Today (via Twitter) hears. That may, or may not, make the Browns feel better.