The Washington Redskins’ offensive tackle Trent Williams is officially available and the Browns should absolutely pursue that trade.
Yes, the Cleveland Browns should absolutely go after Trent Williams, for the right price. That’s obviously key. Williams might be the best offensive tackle in the game and hasn’t taken a pounding over the last year and a half as other tackles have. Acquiring him would negate having to over-pay for a tackle in free agency, but he’s not a cure-all.
You still need a second tackle, and if you feel you can get one that’s better in free agency than in the draft, then go that route. You merely don’t have to now is mainly the point. There are a few young-ish offensive tackles hitting the market, like the Colts Anthony Castonzo or the Titans Jack Conklin. Castonzo is 31, which is how old Williams and Williams is arguably better. Yet, Conklin is only 25. Pairing Conklin and Williams at tackle would the best move for the team if the team is ok with their contracts that is.
If they do go get Conklin (assuming he wants to come in) and Williams, then the team could go after wide receiver, linebacker or safety at the tenth pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, while going after a guard and tight end in the second or third round. This, with a veteran quarterback signing (Heeeeeyyy Colt McCoy?), would fill just about every hole in the offense. Assuming you then use the tenth pick to get a wide receiver.
It’s the perfect way to go to fill holes, mostly because you could flip a bad contract in the deal to get Williams. The team should avoid giving up too many high draft picks to get Williams. The Redskins have no more leverage and this will more than likely play out as a ‘best deal’ situation. So don’t set the market too high and hold out hope.
Let’s do this.