Rumors have started flying again when it comes to Trent Williams and the Browns per Josina Anderson. Just when you think something is dead is rises back up. The Browns allure makes sense with the seven-time pro bowler and All-pro. He is an elite talent at the position but comes with a lot of questions and is 32 years old. The biggest question right now for the Browns is what it will take to make the trade happen.
What will it take to get Williams?
At this point, the Redskins will likely take nearly any compensation for the pro bowler. The Browns have two third-round selections. One should be able to get Williams. Andrew Berry and company might be willing to throw a late-round pick or two to sweeten the deal if needed. Anything more than that and the Browns should walk away quickly. While left tackle is a position that the Browns need to fill, no position should be filled at any cost. Andrew Berry has shown to be competent so far this offseason, and I do not expect him to start making desperate moves any time soon.
- 7× Pro Bowl (2012–2018)
- Second-team All-Pro (2015)
Williams is considered one of the best left tackles in the NFL. He has the athleticism, even at 32, to play in any system. Combining Williams with Joel Bitonio on the left side of the Cleveland line would be a devastating combo for any team to face. Per Pro Football Focus Williams was the third-highest graded tackle in the NFL from 2016-2018(89.1). All in all, the Browns would get one of the best to play the position with this move.
- Huge contract
- Missed last season
- Possible attitude/motivation issues
The injuries Williams has sustained may be the most significant issue when contemplating this move. While he is an elite player, if he is not on the field, it does not matter. Over the four years before last year’s holdout, Trent missed 17 games with multiple injuries. That has to take a toll on his body, and he is 32 years old. Combine that with not playing all of last year, and what Trent Williams are you getting? On top of the injuries and giving up compensation to get Williams to Clevel you have contract demands. Trent has said to be asking for $20+ million per year, or he will sit. Based on last year, he will do it if he does not get what he wants. Can the Browns afford a 2-3 year $20+ million a year deal? Do they want to?
All you have to do is read above, and you can see the outcome. Unless the Browns get Williams for cheap in the trade, it does not look like a smart move. Andrew Berry should throw a couple of fifth rounders out there and say take it or leave it. All the risk is on the Browns side with all of those questions and concerns above. In the end, keep the draft capital and get Andrew Thomas to handle the left side for the next ten years.
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