Amist all the noise surrounding the Washington Redskins this week, they did get an importance piece of business done last night. Prior to the start of last night’s preseason game against Baltimore, Washington signed left tackle Trent Williams to a five year contract extension. The new deal makes Williams the highest paid offensive tackle in the league, well deserved for one of the few members of Washington’s offense that shows up and performs well night in and night out.
The deal is for five-years $66 million dollars with $43.5 million guaranteed, the 27-year old had no intentions on leaving Washington and shared this tweet before the start of last night’s game. Virtually breaking the news to some.
Happy to announce I will be a redskin for the next 5 years. This is a dream come true HTTR 4 Life. #sbg
— Trent Williams (@TrentW71) August 29, 2015
Williams has been one of the most durable Redskins players since he was drafted, missing just one game in the last three seasons. While their offensive line isn’t the greatest, his presence is evident. He didn’t play last week and RG3 didn’t play too well, getting hit early and often. Some of which the quarterback contributed and some just on going from an All-Pro caliber tackle on his blind side to a human turnstile.
In Washington’s preseason win over the Ravens last night, Williams quickly justified his new deal by shutting down and man-handling Baltimore’s Terrell Suggs. No matter what the end result is in regards to the quarterback situation, whoever it may be will know that their blind side is protected by one of the best in the league.
What makes Trent so special is his feet, for a man of that size, he has very good feet. He’s also very athletic, he is one of the few staples of the Washington offense. It’s no surprise that most of Washington’s big plays involve him in some capacity. Williams showed a great deal of maturity this offseason, losing nearly 20 pounds and coming into camp in terrific shape.
This was a great signing by Washington, taking care of your top players early goes a long way. It also serves as a standard to the rest of the offensive lineman on the roster, the standard is Williams. To get that type of deal, you have to at least raise your play to his level. Definitely a good building block as Washington tries to change the culture that’s surrounded this team in the past.