'It is not the contract': Agent for Trent Williams places blame for lack of trade squarely on Redskins

Peter Hailey
NBC Sports Washington

After releasing a statement earlier this week in which he claimed the Redskins aren't negotiating in "good faith" as they try to trade his client, Trent Williams' agent further explained his issues with the team in a Thursday radio interview. 

While on with 106.7 The Fan's Grant & Danny, Vince Taylor was most adamant about one thing: a move hasn't happened yet because Washington isn't executing their part of the transaction. According to Taylor, Williams' reported desire to land more money and more security isn't what's acting as a roadblock. 

"The contract has never been the hold up," Taylor told the hosts during a 20-minute interview.

The agent explained that the real reason Williams is still in Burgundy and Gold is because the franchise is being inconsistent in what it's searching for in return for him.

"We have had legitimate trade partners with our side being ready to go, our deal is in place," Taylor said. "The Redskins have changed their ask from day to day. One day it's this, the next day it's that."

Taylor used the word "frustrated" to describe he and Williams' current mood, and that frustration has really increased since the NFL Combine.

Per Taylor, the Redskins weren't able to find and present one offer to the agent while they were in Indianapolis, a place where the entire league is together and plenty of discussions happen. In fact, he claimed that two teams even called him to inform him that the organization was demanding an "outrageous" and "absurd" package in exchange No. 71.

In a Wednesday story for NBCSportsWashington.com, JP Finlay reported that the Redskins are seeking the value of a second-round pick - meaning they have their eyes on a second rounder, or two thirds, or a pick and a player, for example - in any swap involving Williams. That doesn't necessarily seem outrageous, though.

As for what kind of relationship, if any, has developed between Williams and Ron Rivera, Taylor told 106.7 that things started poorly there. Rivera apparently chose to meet with then-free agent Greg Olsen before Williams and overall took at least 45 days to contact Williams, which "didn't really sit right" with the Pro Bowler.

"As his representative, I reached out to the club," Taylor recalled. "'Hey, what's going on? Trent would like to know when would Ron call him? When could they have a conversation?' I may have called three or four times before we were given a message that he would reach out to Trent at some point."

When the meeting eventually did happen, it wasn't the kind of interaction Williams or his representative were expecting.

"He goes in to meet, to hopefully have a reconciliation, to go have a conversation with Ron," Taylor said. "And, in speaking with him, he realizes there is no relationship. Ron, in essence, wanted him to prove himself."

To close out the interview, Taylor again circled back to his main point: Williams' current employer has had "ample opportunities" to complete a deal but hasn't yet, and the fault lies solely with them.

"Trent could've been traded over a week ago," he reiterated. "That ball has never been strictly in our court."

"What's more important for Trent is to just move on with his career. At some point in his life, he would love to come back and be in the Ring of Honor," Taylor finished. "He loves the fans, he loves the area."

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