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Trent Williams happy with deal, gets right to work

Trent Williams could not sleep on Thursday night. The Washington Redskins' first-round pick was eager to hear from his agents whether his contract would be completed. The call came at 4:30 a.m. The Redskins wanted Williams at the team's training complex by 6 a.m.

"I figured there was no point teasing myself with an hour of sleep," said Williams, who looked forward to a nap after the Friday morning's practice.

Williams was the first top-five pick to sign. The reported six-year, $60 million deal (more than $36.5 million guaranteed) set the market, instead of Williams waiting to see the contracts of those around him.

"I just went with what my agent thought was best," Williams said. "Obviously, I wanted to be here in camp. They did what they had to do."

Williams admitted he was willing to miss one day of training camp, but did not want an extended holdout. He said he even wanted to drive by Redskins Park on Thursday to witness the first day of training camp. His agents instructed him to wait by the phone.

Williams did not pay attention to the negotiations of the three players selected before him, having faith in his agents and the Redskins to reach a quick deal. In fact, Williams said, one of the reasons he changed agents during the offseason was to enable a timely agreement.

Williams said he was "obviously happy" about the signing bonus, but "did not want to put too much emphasis" on his earnings.

"I know I'm here to do a certain job, and that's to protect the blind side," Williams said. "If I go out there thinking about the bucks and not doing my job, I won't be here long. I just kind of put it behind me. I'm going to try to save and play my butt off."

Williams said the Redskins are "paying me a nice bit of change" and he cannot afford to ease into practice. He weighs "right around 320" pounds, which is what he said the Redskins want him to weigh.

The other offensive linemen gave Williams grief for missing the first day of camp and forcing them to take more repetitions. He understood hazing was coming, and said he will "carry the pads all day long." And with his signing bonus, Williams joked he needs to talk to his financial advisers about finding the money to pay for teammates' meals throughout the season. All he said he needs is a house and a car to drive to work. He was informed that fellow lineman and Oklahoma product Jamaal Brown wants a car from Williams.

Responded Williams: "He can keep wishing on that one."

By Zach Berman  |  July 30, 2010; 11:50 AM ET
 
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Comments

Our best draft pick since ST. Great news!

Posted by: mccnabbwinz | July 30, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love that TW stuck with his word. He said months ago if there was a hold out it "would not last for more then 1 day". One day missed and here is. Thats a quality attitude from a guy who is already penciled in as the starter. Best of luck to ya.

Posted by: Stu27 | July 30, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

That is one large bottom boat-load of kale. Hope he proves worthy of it.

Posted by: Pepper5 | July 30, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

saying all the right things...

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | July 30, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse


I am not bald, thank you very much!

Posted by: Pepper5

I am, and I've lost my mind to boot !

Posted by: hessone | July 30, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Trent Williams will be fine. Have his rough patches here and there, but when it's all said and done will be better than Russell Okung.

Dude just got to hit the weights.

Posted by: RedDMV | July 30, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN AH DOES'NT PASS NEXT TEST?

Posted by: robertg238 | July 30, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN AH DOES'NT PASS NEXT TEST?

Posted by: robertg238 | July 30, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

I like him.

Posted by: Original_etrod | July 30, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Only a $nyder team can constantly produce this kind of division between fans. Folks, we are Redskin fans, let's be civil here and agree to disagree. Now it's time to talk football, and leave the AH debacle for discusion some other time.
Posted by: hessone | July 30, 2010 12:00 PM

Hess, Snyder didn’t turn the folks up here into argumentative pricks….we all did that on our own. Check out other blogs….it’s universal. I’ve always said it would have been VERY interesting if we had had this RI chat room thing back in 1988-1991….half the folks would have been hating on guys like Mark Rypien from 88-90, and then loved them some Rypien in 1991, claiming they never said they didn’t like the guy while the other half would have been “on his nutz” and be Rypien fan club members for saying to keep the guy in there……..

Posted by: dlhaze1 | July 30, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Who wouldn't be happy with 37.5 mil guaranteed? Better to know that his priority wasn't soaking his draft position for pennies, but getting into camp.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | July 30, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: robertg238 | July 30, 2010 12:11 PM

he'll keep working and take the next one???

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | July 30, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I like this guy, he actually kept his word.

Good for him to fire his previous agent, he had to have sensed that agent wasnt going to get him in on time and went with someone who would.

A lot of our production will depend on his talent.

Get to work young man, and good luck!

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | July 30, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Go get'em Silverback!

Posted by: Predator48 | July 30, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Seems as if the offense had it's fair of plays today. Still need work on the passing game.

http://www.redskins.com/gen/articles/Practice_Report__Day_2_of_Training_Camp_132891.jsp

Posted by: TWISI | July 30, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Those statements actually sound a little like integrity. Albert needs to carry his pads.

Posted by: audboy | July 30, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

After today, I am not one that will continue to applaud this mandate from Shanahan. This has been a tactic of his against players that have challenged him. We get it coach, you're pissed. However, at some point AH has to integrated into the team ans start working with his linemates on the field. At some point, keeping him isolated is only leading to more distractions than necessary. Let's figure a way to make lemonade out of this lemon.

Posted by: TWISI | July 30, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

I'm agreeing with you TWISI. I think now the D leaders, ie LF, need to step in and volunteer to do the shuttles w/ AH. Possibly the whole D even, to show that they are with AH. Show solidarity, and MS will agree to move on.

Posted by: frediefritz | July 30, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse


WHAT HAPPENS WHEN AH DOES'NT PASS NEXT TEST?

Posted by: robertg238 | July 30, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Obviously we will then sign Shaun Andrews.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | July 30, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan's tactics could cause players to rally around Haynesworth
Posted by Mike Florio on July 30, 2010 12:00 PM ET
As Redskins coach Mike Shanahan continues to rub defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth's face in the mess the player created by not showing up for offseason workouts, Shanahan runs the risk of alienating other players on the team -- and/or causing them to change their feelings about the player who previously had become a $100 million pariah.

Jason Reid of the Washington Post reports that some players privately have expressed concern that Shanahan is trying to make an example of Haynesworth. Unnamed team officials have conceded to Reid that Haynesworth is "clearly in shape" after losing 35 pounds in the offseason.

Reid also reports that Redskins players who failed to attend 50 percent of the offseason workouts are required to take the conditioning test. Again, this justification has no relevance to the stated purpose of the test -- to ensure that the player is ready to participate in training camp without being injured.

Under that reasoning, every player should be required to pass the test before setting foot onto the practice field.

Of course, it wouldn't be the first time Shanahan singled a guy out. Said one source with knowledge of Shanahan's tactics, "What's happening to Haynesworth is exactly how he's handled a hundred other situations like that."

We've got a feeling that specific examples of Shanahan's tactics with the Broncos will surface soon, now that he's out of Denver and back in the league.

We've also got a feeling that Shanahan's specific end game as it relates to Haynesworth is to provoke the volatile player to say or do something that will allow the team to pursue the recovery of all or part of the $21 million he received on April 1.

Along the way, Shanahan could lose a sizable chunk of the locker room.
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Tell me again how the players are going to revolt because the Redskins want to get Stompy's bonus money back? Who besides DeAngelo Hall is "privately" supplying all the "player" quotes here?

Posted by: Pepper5 | July 30, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Red-

Defending AH, huh? Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son..

He'll take the test tomorrow and pass or he'll get a 4th, 5th...

Btw. What time is the game this Sunday..

Posted by: Diesel44 | July 30, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse


@dlhaze1

Thanks for the reasonable comments. I'll have to agree with you. It only takes a circus atmosphere to get this madness going every year though. Time to move on and enjoy the signing of our 1st rounder. Let's allow Shanahan to deal with AH.

Posted by: hessone | July 30, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Thanks moo.

Posted by: wireman65 | July 30, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

YES SIGN SHAWN ANDREWS AND TRADE AH FOR V. JACKSON . SUPER BOWL BOUND. BOOK IT"

Posted by: robertg238 | July 30, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

YES SIGN SHAWN ANDREWS AND TRADE AH FOR V. JACKSON . SUPER BOWL BOUND. BOOK IT"

Posted by: robertg238 | July 30, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Andre Carter, competing with Lorenzo Alexander for the starting outside linebacker job, burst into the backfield after the snap.

He quickly broke up a Larry Johnson run to the right.

The play drew the loudest cheers of Friday’s practice.

Carter was thought to be unsure of switching to outside linebacker, but he appears to be transitioning well.


I like to hear this as well.....

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | July 30, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm agreeing with you TWISI. I think now the D leaders, ie LF, need to step in and volunteer to do the shuttles w/ AH. Possibly the whole D even, to show that they are with AH. Show solidarity, and MS will agree to move on.

Posted by: frediefritz | July 30, 2010 12:17 PM |
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This would definitely get Shanny attention that its time to let up..and it will also build the chemistry on the D to be unbreakable....very very good idea...you must played team sports before...

Posted by: jcnjcnj | July 30, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Yeaaaa!
Went from get`rrr done....to gotrrr done.
Go TW..a MAN OF HIS WORD....take a clue AH.

Posted by: blazerguy234 | July 30, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Along the way, Shanahan could lose a sizable chunk of the locker room.
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Tell me again how the players are going to revolt because the Redskins want to get Stompy's bonus money back? Who besides DeAngelo Hall is "privately" supplying all the "player" quotes here?

Posted by: Pepper5

First to say NO EFF-ing way that happens. Shanahan's got 2 rings. Whats Al got besides a fat unearned bank account, and a loose bladder.

Players may feel sorry for Al after a while, but to say Shanahan will lose the locker room is a huge reach and utter nonsense.

This crap report is just fodder for Lavar's radio show. Him and Chad Duke are buds with Florio.

Posted by: Predator48 | July 30, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Not enough info to know if Shanny is abusing AH or if he's really giving him a tough but fair deal. If he's doing the latter, good move. If he's abusing him, not good.

Also, not sure why Albert can't take this test more than once in a day. 2 minutes of shuttle runs shouldn't kill him for the day.

Also, he's running this early in the AM. He might be looser and quicker later in the day.

I can also see Albert watching the brutal practices in the hot and humid days, thinking to himself that maybe he's better off failing the test. Come close, but don't pass it. Then go work out in the gym with the A/C instead.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | July 30, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

On the Bartel pass, Clinton Portis leveled a blitzing Rob Jackson in the backfield, keeping him away from the quarterback.

Maybe Clinton found the fountain of youth?

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | July 30, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Don't you want your players to rally around each other? As far as the players vs coach thing, the Giants hated Coughlin when he first came to town, but once they started winning games, they changed their tune and they have a ring to show for having to wear ties and show up early for meetings.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | July 30, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Doc Walker on 980 is saying that everybody on the team has done the same conditioning test that Fat Al can't seem to do.

Kept runnin' him Mike!

Posted by: Predator48 | July 30, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Andre Carter, competing with Lorenzo Alexander for the starting outside linebacker job, burst into the backfield after the snap.

He quickly broke up a Larry Johnson run to the right.

The play drew the loudest cheers of Friday’s practice.

Carter was thought to be unsure of switching to outside linebacker, but he appears to be transitioning well.


I like to hear this as well.....

Posted by: gatorskinz2000

Not worried that Carter can go forward, he's proven he can do that. I'm trying to imagine him or Lorenzo covering felix jones coming out of the backfield. I can imagine what it looks like -- and its not pretty.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | July 30, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Pred48;

heard that too. Dont believe the hype. We know nothing. Either trust or dont trust Shanny but opinions without facts mean S...

Posted by: Zeebs1 | July 30, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

re: albert haynesworth test

terrance cody (360 lbs) of the baltimore ravens failed the test 3 times. in the article it describes the test.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/trainingcamp10/news/story?id=5417168

Posted by: mafreeman | July 30, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

PRed, that should say that I agree with Doc Walker.... they all did the drill now albert has to.

Everyone else, dont believe the hype given to you by florio et al.... they know nothing and neither do we

Posted by: Zeebs1 | July 30, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: jcnjcnj | July 30, 2010 12:26 PM

while this line of thinking is interesting, it assumes there is actually enough solidarity to build on here... and the calling out of AH by respected vets in the past few months suggests that not everyone is thrilled by his prima donna behavior.

could see it happening, but only if Shanahan and Haslett sign off on it... given the pattern of discipline that Shanahan has used before, not sure that's likely.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | July 30, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

terrance cody (360 lbs) of the baltimore ravens failed the test 3 times. in the article it describes the test.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/trainingcamp10/news/story?id=5417168

Posted by: mafreeman | July 30, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

http://thesportshernia.typepad.com/blog/2010/01/terrence-cody-unleashes-mouthwatering-flapjacks-at-senior-bowl-workout.html

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | July 30, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

You've gotta love a young kid with an attitude like that. If he plays as well as he seems to handle himself off the field, he's gonna take over for Samuels in no time!!

Posted by: Burg_gold_blood | July 30, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Like I said yesterday...Big Al may have a legitimate law suit here...the fact that no one else was timed make these test appear to be retalitory and that's against the labor law...I think if this continues on the NFLPA will step in and then Shanny and company will have to explain why he's being held to a higher tougher standard than the other players....F Shannahan he's starting to look like a real egotistic be-ecth about now

Posted by: jcnjcnj | July 30, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Not worried that Carter can go forward, he's proven he can do that. I'm trying to imagine him or Lorenzo covering felix jones coming out of the backfield. I can imagine what it looks like -- and its not pretty.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | July 30, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse
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You probably can't name 3 LBs in the league where FJ wouldn't have the upper hand in a one on one situation, so as long as he does his job within the scheme we can hope our 11 beats their 11.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | July 30, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

ST was one of the dumbest players the Redskins ever signed. Man you do not put your family in situation where their lives are in jeopardy because you are macho and stupid. You don't go searching the house with a machete when you a star NFL player.
You lock the dedroom door with your wife and daughter call 911 and click the safety off your Sig.

Now if Fat Albert had any balls he would call the coach out and have Mikie run the conditioning drill with him. Lets see if the Depends wearing Head Coach can do what he is asking a player to do.

Great choice of a coach Danny Boy. Another lost season. Skins go 2-14 down from 3-13.
Idiot coach.

I gave up of the Skins and did not renew our suite at Fedex. Also didn't renew our season tickets on the 50 yard line a few ros from the field. I hear Snyder hasn't found anyone for our suite.

Posted by: sheepherder | July 30, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Among the things that bother me about the AH thing. If Albert KNEW in advance that he'd be required to pass a shuttle test, don't you think he'd have practiced that? If Haslett and Albert were communicating, Haslett could have let him know that he should be ready to pass a shuttle test.

Would it be a good idea to have someone like Golston also do the test, with Albert? Yup, provided Golston could pass it.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | July 30, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Beep;

980 is right... they all did it back in OTA's... so ya'll hating on Shanny can STFU

Posted by: Zeebs1 | July 30, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

"Not many 300lb professional athletes can run 12 50 yd sprints in 71 seconds.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | July 30, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse"

It's not dishonest at all.

That is not difficult at all, even for a 300 lb lineman.

web.wm.edu/speedstrength/.../300%20shuttle.pdf

Posted by: psps23 | July 30, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: Zeebs1 | July 30, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Sheepherder...

Good luck around here with that ST21 take.

I'm not gonna jump on you too bad, but that's really one of the stupidest comments I've ever heard.

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | July 30, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

How dare Shanahan with his two Super Bowl rings punish Haynesworth (zero Super Bowl rings) when he is the coach. A coach is supposed to allow high paid players to relax this time of year. That's why Gibbs 2.0 and Zorn were SO successful, because guys like Clinton Portis and Albert Haynesworth were in top physical condition the past few years when they were allowed to take it easy during camps.

Amazing, the Redskins really have brought on a culture of losing and acceptance with some fans in this town. Glad it's not the overall sentiment, but it's still amazing to me that some fans are ok with Haynesworth's antics after last season.

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | July 30, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

beep! beep!

Posted by: NCICURN | July 30, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Not worried that Carter can go forward, he's proven he can do that. I'm trying to imagine him or Lorenzo covering felix jones coming out of the backfield. I can imagine what it looks like -- and its not pretty.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | July 30, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse
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You probably can't name 3 LBs in the league where FJ wouldn't have the upper hand in a one on one situation, so as long as he does his job within the scheme we can hope our 11 beats their 11.

Posted by: mattsoundworld

LBs in the 3-4 are covering RBs and TEs. Can Carter cover? Can Lorenzo cover? That's the issue. Seen enough big guys try to cover brian westbrook. And the result always seemed to be a big play for philly and a pulled hamstring for the coverage guy.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | July 30, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see the rest of the players on the team come out and support Haynesworth the next time he runs the test. It could turn into a nice little team-bonding exercise. You'd be surprised how much easier pushing yourself can be when you've got 50 teammates watching, cheering, and yelling at you to keep it up.

Posted by: psps23 | July 30, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

cosign

Posted by: frediefritz | July 30, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Beep, new AH thread.

Posted by: wireman65 | July 30, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm still waiting for that phone call from my agent where he says: "You've just been signed for $60 M over 6 years, $36 M guaranteed. Do those numbers sound ok?"

Not bad for a guy whose job it is to push another guy about the same size around once a week for about 30 minutes.

Posted by: randysbailin | July 30, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Dude you do not put your family in jeopardy. You don't go chasing perps in your house w/a machete. You and your family move out the first time your place is broken into. Or you take steps to prevent it from happening again. Taylor's dad was a cop. Chief of Police or something. Taylor's problem was he did his thinking with his smaller brain. And it killed him. Stupid punk!

Plaxico Buress is not the only pro athlete carrying. Estimates are 70%+ carry and own a handgun(s) for personal defense. We have done work for many professional athletes throughout the world concerning personal defense and security. We use ST's case as an example of what not to do!

If the NFL wanted to have a heart attack they need to search the vehicles and roomss during training camp for firearms.

You need to be properly trained in the use and proper storage of any firearm. You do not store it a night stand draw or under your pillow. You need to know how to use it in low light and situations with a flashlight. You also need to know the rules for carrying and any regs and laws.

NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB should provide an hour talk each year on firearms and the law to its player. Also they should provide
the resources so players can properly train and equip themselves.

Bring it on ladies!

Posted by: sheepherder | July 30, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Sheepbanger...

You must not be very good at your job if you advise your clients that way.

In case you missed it, ST was on probation and was legally prohibited from owning a gun!

So you, GENIUS that you are, are telling me he should have had a gun anyway, and that having a legal machete under his bed in case anything happened is wrong?

OK...go back to your job errrr video game console and get the F- outta here...

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | July 30, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to the Redskins Trent Williams!!!!

Posted by: ladyredskins | July 30, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Welcome aboard Trent Williams

Posted by: coparker5 | July 30, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

"I’ve always said it would have been VERY interesting if we had had this RI chat room thing back in 1988-1991….half the folks would have been hating on guys like Mark Rypien from 88-90, and then loved them some Rypien in 1991, claiming they never said they didn’t like the guy while the other half would have been “on his nutz” and be Rypien fan club members for saying to keep the guy in there…….."

Can you imagine how many folks would have been screaming for Gibbs' head after he lost his first FIVE games in 1981??

Posted by: rufus_t_firefly | July 30, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

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