Where Trent Williams could play in 2021 (no, not Washington)

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Likely landing spots for Trent Williams (no not WFT) originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Washington Football Team could certainly use an upgrade at left tackle and the top free agent on the market is quite familiar with the franchise.

That would be Trent Williams, who is officially an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career after the 49ers were unable to sign him long-term prior to Monday's free agent negotiation period opening.

So, with a need at his position and cap space to spend, a reunion between Williams and Washington would make sense, right? 

Not exactly.

The quick history, as we've already gone through on the Washington Football Talk podcast: A lot of people who had a role in the disastrous end to Williams' time in Washington are gone. And he's been said to have a good relationship with team owner Dan Snyder. But that's not enough for a reunion.

A reminder: Williams met with head coach Ron Rivera last spring, and while the two sides had an honest conversation, Williams still wanted out. He was eventually traded to San Francisco for a pair of mid-round picks.

Here's the news that came this week: Williams is reportedly going to get a lot of money. Even more than Washington likely wants to spend. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Williams -- the top overall free agent available -- will command a deal worth upwards of $20 million annually.

The Washington Football Team has a decent amount of cap room, but Washington has already invested a lot of cash into its offensive line. Right guard Brandon Scherff will earn $18 million in 2021 under the franchise tag, while center Chase Roullier just signed a four-year, $40.5 million extension in December.

So where could Williams play in 2021? Rapoport mentioned the Bears, Chiefs and Colts as three potential destinations for the eight-time Pro Bowler.

Of course, staying in San Francisco remains an option as well. In an interview on the Cris Collinsworth podcast featuring Richard Sherman, Williams said he had an interest in staying.