ASHBURN VA - JULY 30: Rookie offensive tackle Trent Williams #72 of the Washington Redskins works out during drills on the second day of training camp July 30 2010 in Ashburn Virginia. Williams signed his contract with the team early this morning. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Redskins, Trent Williams Agree To Six-Year Contract

The number four pick in the 2010 NFL Draft signed for six years and $60 million, with $36.75 million of that guaranteed.

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Trent Williams: 'It Would Have Really Bothered Me' If I Missed The Second Practice

ASHBURN, V.A. - Trent Williams really wanted to be in camp. How badly? Badly enough to not sleep much last night.

Just hours after signing a six-year, $60 million contract, with $36.75 million guaranteed, Williams was on the field practicing with the Redskins. As he noted, it was all because his agents, Ben Dogra and Vincent Taylor, worked overtime to get his contract signed before today.

"[My agents] were up for 48 hours straight," Williams said, adding that he received a call at 4:30 in the morning when his deal was finalized. He also said that he switched agents because he felt his new ones could get a deal done quicker.

"I really didn't want to miss the first day, but it would have really bothered me if I missed the second day," he said. "I'm still a young guy learning the offense, and if I'm going to be plugged in at a key position, I can't be out too many days.  This is a new offense, so we need chemistry, and if I'm not there, I don't have it."

Williams was tested right away. On one of the first plays of the scrimmage, the Redskins sent a blitz his way and he struggled to pick it up. However, from there, his play improved dramatically, and he was able to shut down top outside linebacker Brian Orakbo a number of times.

"He looked good, for the most part," guard Derrick Dockery said. "It was hard to see - I'm out there playing next to him, but I talked to Rocky [McIntosh], and he said [Trent] was very explosive, very powerful. He knows the moves for eight guy [rushes], and has all the tools."

Mike Shanahan said he was very happy about the fact that Williams was so eager to get to training camp.

"Very much so," he said when asked that question.  "I've been very encouraged by how he's worked in our offseason conditioning program, how well he's played the left tackle position. He's a very talented young man that's worked very hard since he's been here, and I think he'll do a lot of great things in the near future."

Williams said he was hazed a bit, as all rookies are, about his new paycheck. He had to carry pads, and nobody really had to ask him. But he still had a big smile on his face because he was happy to simply be out competing on the football field without his contract status hanging over his head.

"It's the first day of pads. It's real vital that I get out here," he said, matter of factly.


Trent Williams Takes The Field On The Second Day Of Training Camp

Fresh off signing his new six year contract, Trent Williams has taken the field for the Washington Redskins. Williams, according to reports, was inserted into the first unit immediately, and reports out of camp are indicating that the new addition is adapting well to Mike Shanahan's blocking schemes:


Yes, OT Trent Williams is working with first team. Largely unnoticed is that WR Anthony Armstrong is also getting some first-team reps.

Nice blocking by new offensive tackles Jammal Brown and Trent Williams. Brown pushed Brian Orakpo around McNabb on a pass play.

Via Grant Paulsen:

With rookie OT Trent Williams on the field, Albert Haynesworth is the only player missing practice.

Trent Williams is operating with first team. First play - Portis run to left right behind him.

The old adage is that the three most important positions in football are left tackle, quarterback, and head coach. The Redskins are now solid at all three. This could be the making of an interesting year.


Trent Williams Agrees To Six-Year Contract, Will Report To Training Camp

Redskins fans can breathe easily about the contract status of rookie offensive lineman Trent Williams. The No. 4 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft has agreed to a contract with the team, according to Jason Reid of the Washington Post.

Redskins top draft pick Trent Williams agreed to a multiyear contract early Friday and is expected to sign the deal and participate in practices today at training camp, said one of his co-representatives.

"We just got the deal done in the last couple of hours," said agent Vincent Taylor, who negotiated the deal along with Ben Dogra. "There are just a couple of things we have to still work out, a few details to work out, but Trent plans to be there [at Redskins Park] to sign it and get going."

The contract is for six years and $60 million, with $36.75 million of that guaranteed, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Williams is expected to practice today.

The Redskins will now focus on signing quarterback Donovan McNabb to a long-term extension.


Schefter: Redskins And Trent Williams 'Not Far Away' From Deal

Earlier we noted that Mike Shanahan told reports that the Washington Redskins were “very close” to agreeing to terms with draft pick Trent Williams.

Thursday evening, ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports on Twitter that a deal between the team and Williams was “not far away.”


Shanahan: Redskins Are 'Very Close' To Trent Williams Deal

Ryan O’Halloran of reports that head coach Mike Shanahan says the Washington Redskins are getting closer to inking left tackle Trent Williams, the team’s first round draft pick.

Only one of the top 18 picks (Oakland’s Rolando McClain at No. 8) has signed. A league source said general manager Bruce Allen traveled to St. Louis last weekend for negotiations, but Allen returned to Washington without a deal. Ben Dogra is handling the talks for Williams.

"I think we’re very close," Shanahan said. "Hopefully it gets done in the near future. … We’ve dealt with these signings for a lot of years. I would be surprised if he’s not in here quickly."

For the latest on Redskins training camp news, head over to SB Nation’s HogsHaven.


Trent Williams Hires Ben Dogra To Be His New Agent

Trent Williams is agentless no more. According to Pro Football Talk, Trent Williams has hired Ben Dogra to fill the void left when Williams fired Eugene Parker in June. He also re-signed Vincent Taylor, who was part of of Williams' representation agreement with Parker.

As we understand it, Taylor has strong connections to Williams' family, but Taylor brought in Parker given the stakes and the complexity of the deal.  But Williams concluded that he and Parker "weren't a good fit."

So even though Taylor technically was fired because Williams was required to cancel the entire representation agreement, Parker was, as a practical matter, the only agent fired.

Dogra is part of the CAA representation firm, which now has seven first round picks; including the first overall, Sam Bradford of the St. Louis Rams.

Maybe now we can put this all in the rear-view and work on signing a contract before training camp. Sound good? Ok, thanks.


Trent Williams On A Potential Hold Out

After Trent Williams informed the media that he had in fact fired his agent, he commented on what that could mean in terms of a potential hold out. A pair of quotes from Grant Paulsen:

Trent Williams on contract: "I can’t guarantee that there won’t be a minor holdout. But it won’t be more than a day if I do." 

He continued:

“They’ve got me w/ the 1st group. I can’t afford to miss any practices. I’m going to stress that to my agent."

There's good and bad in that. Its not good that he's already resigned to maybe holding out of camp, but he seems to understand that the sooner he gets into camp the better, and that he "can't afford to miss any practices" with the first team.


Redskins' Top Draft Pick Trent Williams Fires Agent

Well this is interesting news. According to Comcast SportsNet's Kelli Johnson, Trent Williams, the number four pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, has decided to fire his agent. 

Redskins top pick Trent Williams fired agent Eugene Parker; told me they "weren't a good fit". Has to wait 5 days to hire a new agent.    

It's definitely odd timing, considering Williams has yet to sign a contract with the Redskins. Then again, only one of the top 18 picks has signed as of right now, according to Pro Football Talk, so it might not be that big of a deal. Indeed, as Ryan O'Halloran reports, Sean Taylor did the same thing in 2004 when he was drafted.

Pro Football Talk also speculates on who Williams might hire as his new agent:

The second half of the tip we received is that Williams' likely will sign with Ben Dogra of CAA.  Another source said that Kelli Masters could be part of the representation team.  "She is all over the OU program and somehow got Gerald McCoy to agree to let her co-represent him along with Dogra," said the source.  "To say she has been aggressively recruiting OU players would be an understatement."    

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