10 teams that would want to trade for Trent Williams

Ethan Cadeaux
NBC Sports Washington

Week 2 has come and gone, and the Redskins best player is nowhere to be seen.

Left tackle Trent Williams has given the Burgundy and Gold no indication that he will return to the team anytime soon, continuing a holdout that has gone on for months

NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay believes that if Trent Williams wanted to play for the Redskins, he would have returned by now. Williams clearly doesn't. With no end in sight, and Washington off to an early 0-2 start, the Redskins should seriously consider trading Williams.

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Here are 10 teams that could be interested in dealing for the 31-year-old tackle.

1. New England Patriots

The Patriots inquired about Trent earlier this summer, even reportedly offering a first-round pick at one point. The Redskins didn't budge. 

Washington should probably call New England back. New England's starting left tackle, Isaiah Wynn, suffered a toe injury during Sunday's victory over Miami and is listed as week-to-week. The second-year pro has already proven to be injury-prone, as he missed all of 2018 with a torn Achilles. 

Trading for Williams would shore up the left tackle position as the Patriots look primed to defend their Super Bowl title.

2. San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers are off to a surprising 2-0 start but were given some bad news following their victory on Sunday. Left tackle Joe Staley will likely miss the remainder of the season with a broken leg. 

San Francisco's head coach Kyle Shanahan may have bad blood with the Redskins, as he and his father had an ugly divorce from the Redskins following the 2013 season. But if he comes calling, and with a reasonable offer, Washington should listen.

3. Cleveland Browns

For the first time in years, the Browns are supposed to contend for a playoff spot. They've already shown initiative to go all-in for 2019, trading for star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and pass rusher Olivier Vernon this past offseason. 

But one position they could surely use an upgrade is at left tackle. Since future Hall of Famer Joe Thomas retired following the 2017 season, the left tackle position has been an issue. Greg Robinson hasn't proven to be the answer. The Browns may lack draft capital, but they should reach out to Washington about unloading future assets to shore up their current need at left tackle.

4. Minnesota Vikings

Riley Reiff is not a bad left tackle. But he's certainly not a good one, either.  

Vikings QB Kirk Cousins is at his best when he's given time to throw in the pocket; improvising when pressure is coming has never been his strong suit. Playing in a division with the Bears and Packers, two very good defenses, Minnesota could definitely use an upgrade protecting Cousins' blindside. 

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bruce Arians has been given the task to turn around the Buccaneers franchise. Having a cornerstone left tackle speeds up that process dramatically.

Current left tackle Donovan Smith signed a three-year, $41 million extension during the 2018 offseason. But he's largely underperformed, and with Arians now at the helm, don't be surprised if he makes a splash, should Tampa Bay be willing to part with some of their draft capital.

6. Oakland Raiders

Jon Gruden's squad committed a hefty amount of money to right tackle Trent Brown this offseason, but left tackle remains a whirlwind for the Raiders. Kolton Miller currently holds the spot, but the former first-round pick has had an up-and-down start to his career.

Should Gruden want to improve the position to a much steadier (and a lot more talented) Trent Williams, he should call his younger brother's franchise.

7. Miami Dolphins

To be blatantly clear, this is a very unlikely scenario. This would have made sense a month ago when they reportedly first inquired about Williams. But since then, they've traded away three of their best players -- Laremy Tunsil, Kenny Stills, and Minkah Fitzpatrick -- as they fully embrace the tank.

8. Houston Texans

Like Miami, this would have made a lot more sense a month ago. But over Labor Day weekend, the Texans paid a hefty price with the Dolphins to acquire their left tackle, Laremy Tunsil, as well as wide receiver Kenny Stills.

Still, the Texans have one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL. If they can muster enough to pry Williams away from Washington (remember, Houston doesn't have a 2020 first-round pick), they must do it, for the sake of Deshaun Watson's health if nothing else.

9. Los Angeles Chargers

Russell Okung is out for the immediate future with blood clots. Trent Scott has been manning left tackle duties for the Chargers in the meantime, but he's no long-term solution. Williams would be a significant upgrade over those two.

With running back Melvin Gordon, like Williams, continuing to holdout, the two teams could inquire about a potential swap. That's an offer the Redskins would at least be forced to contemplate, especially with the Burgundy and Gold's struggles in the running game thus far in 2019. 

10. Arizona Cardinals

In Kyler Murray, the team invested their future in a 5-11, 207-pound quarterback who is dynamic with both his arm and his legs. But even someone with Murray's abilities will struggle to be successful in the NFL with the offensive line the Cardinals currently have in place.

While they may not have the assets (giving up their first-round pick in 2020 is not a realistic option while rebuilding), trading for Williams makes a lot of sense for solely football reasons. Those alone could force Kliff Kingsbury to get creative in finding a way to pull Trent away from DC. 

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