The Cleveland Browns had a busy first week of free agency.
Are they going to add more big names?
According to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com a Trent Williams trade is still a possibility for the Browns as they remain interested.
#Redskins Trent Williams still an option for the #Browns, Odell Beckham Jr. not on the block, #Vikings Anthony Harris not in the cards right now, and more https://t.co/asoyjTw9tR
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) March 23, 2020
Mary Kay Cabot Via Cleveland.com:
“The Browns explored trading for Williams after the Redskins gave him permission to seek a deal two weeks ago. He is still a possibility if the Redskins lower their asking price and/or if Williams is willing to accept less in an extension. If the Browns surrender a higher pick, they’d likely want a longer-term deal, which would effectively take them out of the strong left tackle market in the draft.”
Washington continues to be open for a trade of Trent Williams. I’m told it’s not a rigid second-round pick, though. Team is willing to work with a potential trade partner.
— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) March 17, 2020
Cabot added that Williams’ former offensive line coach in Washington, Bill Callahan, “is now with the Browns in that capacity, and thinks highly of Williams.”
Willams is owed $10.85 million in 2020, but is seeking a new deal with the team that trades for him.
The amount of that new deal?
Williams is said to be seeking an average annual salary of at least $20 million, according to ESPN’s John Keim.
Including the Cleveland Browns, many other teams have expressed interest in Williams since it went public about his trade demands.
These teams included the Texans, Cardinals, and Jets.
The Browns tried to trade for Williams at last season’s trade deadline, but were unsuccessful.
Despite him missing the entire 2019 season, he’s still widely regarded as the one of the top in his position when he is healthy.
Dean Cutlip says
If Williams is healthy he’s certainly worth a second round pick. It’s the contract extension that’s holding things up. I’m not sure you can give your left tackle 20 million a year and also resign players like Myles.