The San Francisco 49ers have traded for left tackle Trent Williams in exchange for this year’s fifth-round pick as well as a 2021 third-round pick. This likely spells the end of a Hall of Fame career for left tackle Joe Staley. Kyle Shanahan lands his left tackle, though there are reports that there is not a long-term deal in place, and the two sides will need to work out an extension. William’s current contract has one year left at $12.5 million. Williams was drafted by Mike Shanahan in 2010, and Kyle was the OC.
Update: Staley did in fact retire. Click here for more on that story.
This also explains why the 49ers didn’t address a left tackle early in the draft, as they probably have been working on a deal with Williams for some time now. Adam Schefter reported that Williams will restructure the last year on his contract, but Williams will report and play in San Francisco this season.
Statement II from Trent Williams’ agent, Vincent Taylor. pic.twitter.com/ynh5zrFSU5— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 25, 2020
Albert Breer reported that the Niners have been working on a deal with Williams for a while.
The Niners have been working on the Trent Williams deal for a while. Delicate all the way thru. There were obviously issues between Williams (who wanted to go to SF) and Redskins ownership. And the Shanahans aren't warm-and-fuzzy with Dan Snyder either.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 25, 2020
In the end, it gets done.
This is who the 49ers acquired:
How Trent Williams handled Ingram/Bosa was something else. This recovery just doesn’t happen pic.twitter.com/NAePuqxwsz— KP (@KP_Show) December 12, 2017
Like come on man pic.twitter.com/T5WVzWd6Bt— KP (@KP_Show) December 12, 2017
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler tweeted that Williams has considered two options with one year at $12.5 million left on deal. “I’m told: An extension (which Vikings preferred), or reworking remaining deal w/ incentives to get among highest-paid OTs. Also, don’t be surprised if there’s a franchise tag block,” Fowler said in his tweet.