A day after Washington Redskins team president Bruce Allen said he expects holdout left tackle Trent Williams to return to the team, former teammate DeAngelo Hall said Williams won’t be back by the regular-season opener.
“I reached out to him, and he’s like, ‘Man, there’s zero chance I’ll be in that building next week,’” Hall said on The Athletic’s “Hail to the Podcast” on Thursday, saying he spoke to Williams after Allen’s comments emerged Wednesday.
“I hear some whispers that he might show up,” Hall added, “and then I talk to him and it’s like, ‘Nah, I’m not showing up. We haven’t talked, we haven’t addressed the issues.’”
Hall and Williams were teammates for eight seasons, from when Williams was drafted in 2010 until Hall retired after the 2017 season.
In an interview Wednesday with Washington, D.C., television station WRC, Allen said, “Well I think Trent is going to play football, yes. … I don’t see Trent retiring.”
Asked if Williams’ return could be in some other uniform, Allen replied, “No. It’ll be with us.”
“You hear Bruce say, ‘I know Trent’s gonna play football and it’s gonna be with us,’ … I don’t know,” Hall said in Thursday’s podcast. “I don’t know how they get to that point.”
Williams, who has reached seven consecutive Pro Bowls, is reportedly unhappy with the Redskins’ medical staff after a tumor scare earlier this offseason. The 31-year-old is also said to want an “alteration” to his contract. The former fourth overall pick has two years left on a five-year, $66 million deal.
NBC Sports Washington reported earlier this month that Williams was adamant about wanting a trade or his release, quoting a source saying, “He’s not coming back. Period.”
The Redskins open the regular season on Sept. 8 at Philadelphia.