Washington Redskins holdout Trent Williams has shown no signs of returning to the team, but team president Bruce Allen said he still thinks it will happen.
Asked if he expects the stalwart left tackle to come back, Allen told Washington, D.C., television station WRC on Wednesday, “Well I think Trent is going to play football, yes. … I don’t see Trent retiring.”
When asked if Williams’ return could be in some other uniform, Allen didn’t mince words, replying, “No. It’ll be with us.”
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.
NBC Sports Washington reported earlier this month that Williams was adamant about wanting to be traded or released, quoting a source saying, “He’s not coming back. Period.”
Williams has been with the Redskins since 2010, when they took him fourth overall in the NFL draft. He has two years left on the five-year, $66 million contract extension he signed in 2015.
At the time he signed it, he was the league’s highest-paid offensive lineman, and he’s still in the top 10.
In the meantime, the Redskins have told inquiring teams that Williams won’t be traded, ESPN previously reported, rebuffing teams such as the Miami Dolphins.
Multiple reports said Washington has turned down an offer of a 2020 first-round pick from the New England Patriots.