As perhaps the best tackle in the NFL, Trent Williams will likely see a high-end market if he becomes available in NFL free agency next month.
How good is Trent Williams? He didn’t play in 2019 and never missed a beat following a trade to the San Francisco 49ers. He literally took off a year and played just as strong in a new scheme across the country.
Only a few players in the NFL could do that and Williams is one of them. There’s a valid argument to say he’s still perhaps the best left tackle in the NFL.
Pro Football Focus gave Williams a 91.4 overall grade in 2020. He went from an offense that was expected to become pass-heavy to one that relied on the run. All he did was allow 19 total pressures and keep the 49ers’ offense afloat despite multiple injures.
Sure, he’s 32, but Williams also is a smooth technician no matter the schematic fit. That’s worth a payday on the market.
More than a dozen teams could use significant upgrades along their offensive lines. These five have a great chance at adding Williams.
Five teams that would be wise to try to sign Trent Williams:
The Cincinnati Bengals have never been known for spending money in free agency. They need to in 2021, specifically in the trenches. The reasoning? Joe Burrow.
Unlike years in the past, Cincinnati needs to learn that their former No.1 pick will make or break the franchise’s future for years to come. The only way he can ever reach his full potential is with protection upfront. In his first year, Burrow was running for his life, averaging 4.2 quarterback hits and 3.2 sacks a game.
Not an ideal winning formula in the passing game.
Cincinnati enters March once again with money to spend. Sitting sixth in the salary cap with $37.6 million, the team could offer Williams top dollar and still have quality money to spend this offseason on other areas. A year after playing in Kyle Shanahan’s system, Cincinnati would also be able to upgrade their overall rushing production to take the pressure off Burrow.
Does Williams want to play for a rebuilding franchise at this point? Maybe not. However, money talks and Cincinnati has plenty of it.