By Jakob Vaughan
June 5th, 2019
Washington Redskins’ star offensive tackle Trent Williams has requested a trade. Reports spread June 4th, that offensive tackle Williams skipped the Redskins minicamp in hopes of getting a new contract. Later that afternoon, it was announced that Trent Williams reportedly wants out of Washington, due to how his medical situation was handled earlier this off-season. Williams’ issues are not financial, and he told his teammates he has demanded a trade or release from the Redskins. Williams also vowed not to play for the Washington Redskins in 2019. Jason La Canfora was the first to report that Trent Williams has demanded a trade or his release from the club due to their handling of his recent medical situation. Trent Williams has hard feelings against the Redskins and his issues go far beyond wanting a new contract. According to Williams, it is due to the way the Washington medical staff handled his tumor/growth on his head earlier this off-season. Williams did not report to mandatory minicamp and will remain away from the team as he enters his 4th year of his 5-year $68M contract. Head coach Jay Gruden said, “I think where the frustration comes from might lie, is in the timing of his diagnosis,” and “maybe he wished the diagnosis had come a little sooner, that’s my understanding.” Washington will now lean on backup offensive tackles Ereck Flowers and Geron Christian, who is recovering from MCL surgery.
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said that QB Alex Smith told him he will be wearing his external fixator device supporting his broken leg bones for about another month or so. Washington announced that the team will be in Richmond, VA for training camp from Thursday, July 25th to Sunday, August 11th. The team also publicly announced that the front office and coaching staff has not discussed the idea of cutting or trading CB Josh Norman. Redskins rookie RB Bryce Love (torn ACL) is expected to be cleared for contact mid-August, during training camp. Washington Redskins legend QB Joe Theismann will be allowing rookie QB Dwayne Haskins to wear No. 7. The Redskins announced May 1stthat the team will not be picking up WR Josh Doctson’s fifth-year options. Head coach Jay Gruden said that he expects QB Colt McCoy to be ready by the start of training camp. Washington also expects G Brandon Scherff to be ready for training camp, after suffering a season ending torn pectoral muscle injury last season.
On May 23rd, the team announced that they had started contract negotiations with G Brandon Schereff. The team hosted 44 tryout players, during their rookie minicamp May 10th through May 12th. After rookie minicamp head coach Jay Gruden said that rookie QB Dwayne Haskins will be in the competition to compete for the starting QB position and said that rookie DE Montez Sweat will play “a lot” this year “no doubt”. Jay Gruden is very high on rookie QB Dwayne Haskins saying, “it is exciting to have a quarterback that you know you can grow with”. In response to that statement, rookie QB Dwayne Haskins said he will prepare as if he is the starter. Washington Redskins’ projected starting safety Montae Nicholson’s misdemeanor assault charges have been dropped, due to insufficient evidence on May 15th. On May 20th the injury bug came back to bite the Redskins, and this time it was LB Rueben Foster tearing his ACL to start offseason workouts, as he was carted off the field in visible pain. The injury to Rueben Foster occurred when he stepped on the foot of an offensive lineman, which resulted in a torn ACL on the 1st day of voluntary OTAs. Foster will miss the entire 2019 season. Following the injury, the Redskins placed LB Rueben Foster on injured reserve and signed former Steelers LB Jon Bostic. The team also signed T Adam Bisnowaty and waived T Chidi Okeke.