Arizona Cardinals reportedly have interest in Trent Williams
Reports are indicating that the Arizona Cardinals front office may be willing to make an offer for the disgruntled left tackle
Back in February, the Arizona Cardinals made a move that seemingly locked down the left tackle position for the next three seasons. After weeks of speculation, the club announced that they had reached a contract agreement with incumbent starter D.J. Humphries. The Cards 2015 first-round draft pick was now signed through the 2022 campaign, and would be paid $45 million to remain with the organization.
Recent reports, however, could be an indication that Arizona may not want Humphries to be quarterback Kyler Murray‘s blindside protector after all. Rumor has it that general manager Steve Keim and company may be considering a trade that would bring seven-time Pro Bowler Trent Williams to the desert. The longtime Washington Redskin wants out of the nation’s capital, and the Cardinals apparently have interest in acquiring the disgruntled veteran.
How would Williams fit into the Cards offensive line situation now that Humphries has been brought back into the fold? It just so happens that the squad’s right tackle post is unsettled at the present time. Humphries has spent time at that spot during his NFL career, and could conceivably do so again if Williams was brought to Arizona to man the left side of the line.
Acquiring a talent like Williams would likely require the Cardinals to part ways with some ample compensation. The Redskins may be seeking a first-round selection for the 31-year old’s services. That price may be a bit steep, but perhaps a second-rounder or a package of picks would ultimately be enough to obtain the 6’5, 320 pound Williams.
Williams has one more year left on a contract he agreed to back in 2015. The fourth-overall choice of the 2020 draft is scheduled to make $12.5 million this coming fall. That could change, considering the fact that
Williams has stated that he’d like to be signed to an extension by the team that does eventually work out a trade for him.
The addition of Williams would provide a huge upgrade for the Cards blocking unit. Protecting Murray, the franchise’s talented young signal-caller, should be management’s number-one priority. Finding a way to get Williams into the mix would go a long way towards achieving that goal.