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Is the Redskins’ OL Trent Williams Worth a First-Round Pick?

The trade deadline is fast approaching on Tuesday afternoon, which has already seen plenty of movement across the league, with Jalen Ramsey being traded to the Los Angeles Rams and Emmanuel Sanders finding a new home in the Bay Area with the San Francisco 49ers. The Washington Redskins could possibly become busy as the team has made star left tackle Trent Williams available. However, the Redskins are looking to acquire a first-round pick for Wiliams before the trade deadline.

Trent Williams continues to hold out

During the midst of the offseason, several notable players elected to hold out along with Williams, including Ezekiel Elliott and Melvin Gordon in hopes of securing a new lucrative contract from their respective teams.

Williams hasn’t wavered in his stance throughout the last several months, eyeing a new long-term extension with the Redskins. He is currently in the fourth year of his five-year, $68 million deal that he’s set to make $12.5 million next season.

The 31-year-old has been one of the league’s best offensive linemen throughout much of his career but he has dealt with nagging injuries over the last few years. His desire for a new contract is to provide him with financial security and a stronger desire to continue playing through the ailments.

It hasn’t been a clean process by any means, with the Redskins holding pat on keeping him out of trade talks. The entire standings of the situation have now shifted towards the front office willing to move off the seven-time Pro Bowler this season.

Redskins are willing to trade Trent Williams…for a first-round pick

Throughout the entire holdout, Washington has held firm that the team had made it clear that Williams was not available on the trade market.

With the trade deadline now less than a day away, the Redskins have changed their tone on that matter, informing interested teams that the star left tackle in a deal that nets them a first-round selection, according to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network.

The Redskins have seen their season quickly head south, having dropped seven out of their first eight games that have all but eliminated them from playoff contention at the halfway point of the campaign. It has put them in full fire-sale mode as there are additional reports that suggest the team is looking to move veteran cornerback Josh Norman.

The question now becomes whether any team will be willing to give up a first-round selection for Williams ahead of the trade deadline.

Trent Williams is worth a first-round pick

Although a first-round pick is quite a high-asking price for any player, Willaims has certainly proven on the field that he is an elite talent.

Before the 2019 campaign, he had earned seven straight Pro Bowl selections and a 2015 Second-Team All-Pro nod. Williams has had a string of nagging injuries, such as his knee, that ended his 2017 campaign early, but he has worked through them while continuing to play at a high level.

That said, he plays a premier position that teams highly value as the left tackle spot covers the blindside for many of the league’s starting quarterbacks. What should also be noted is that Williams has had the chance to let his body recuperate a bit during the holdout that should allow him to move forward without any persistent issues.

If the Redskins already have a second-round pick on the table in trade offers, it’s clear that there is plenty of interest in him around the league. The Los Angeles Rams are more than likely off the table after the Ramsey trade, but the possibility of adding an elite left tackle should increase the push from several other teams to land him.