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Lynch on Williams: He’s very much a priority. We’d very much like to have Trent be a part of our future

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When you hear San Francisco 49ers left tackle Trent Williams speak, you get a sense that he wants to be in the Bay Area after this season. That was evident on Thursday when Williams spoke about his time in Washington.

Williams said he feels like the 49ers' offense is tailor-made for guys like him and that the Niners are built to compete for years to come. He also added, “I’m a San Francisco 49ers now. My goal is to try to end up in their ring of fame.”

If you’re worried about money, that isn’t Williams’s driving force to make a decision. He said if money were his top priority, he would have said yes to Minnesota's trade this past offseason. Williams wants to win, and he knows that can happen in San Francisco.

General manager John Lynch was on KNBR Friday morning, and the topic of Williams came up:

“I would love for Trent to be in two Rings of Honor. He is very much a priority. We thought that when we traded for him. Everyone said, ‘you’re getting him for one year,’ we thought we could get him in the building; love to have him as part of future.”

Williams is 32, but he doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon. No matter what you do at quarterback next season, the goal should be to surround whoever is under center with the best weapons around him. If you believe Williams can be a top-tier left tackle for the next few years, pay him.

A small group of fans believes Williams isn’t worth the money he’ll command in free agency. Even with 40 unrestricted free agents and questions at several positions, I’d argue that makes Williams’ value higher. He brings stability, and the further away from injury, the more likely it is for him to stay healthy. Williams is a superstar. You don’t let those guys walk away.