One day after the Washington Redskins told left tackle Trent Williams he could seek a trade, the Jets have joined the line of teams interested in making a deal.
According to an NFL source, they have informed Williams' camp of their interest in the 31-year-old seven-time Pro Bowler. That interest, the source said, is both in trading for Williams and at least talking to him about a new contract.
Whether it goes anywhere from there is up to the Redskins, because allowing Williams to seek a trade and actually making one are two vastly different things. Sources around the league believe the Redskins are serious about trading him, and that they'll even be willing to lower their asking price from last year when they were seeking a first-round pick in return.
The Jets are unlikely to part with their first-round pick (11th overall) anyway. It's unclear if they'd be willing to part with their second-rounder (48th overall). They do have two third-rounders, though, courtesy of the Leonard Williams trade to the Giants (68th, 79th), so they have some flexibility to get creative in a deal.
Of course, they also might have to pay him. Williams is due $12.5 million in salary in 2020 and is seeking a new, long-term contract that could be worth $14-15 million per year. And they'll also have competition. The Cleveland Browns were reportedly very interested in trading for Williams last season, and are likely to be among the suitors again.
The 6-5, 320-pound Williams would be the anchor tackle Jets GM Joe Douglas needs as he begins rebuilding their offensive line. It would allow him to plug in a rookie - presumably one taken with the 11th pick - as the Jets' right tackle. The Jets are also expected to pursue guards in free agency, perhaps to pair with veteran Brian Winters, if they can get him back at a reduced salary.
They are not afraid to spend money on offensive linemen, though, and rebuilding that position is Douglas' top offseason priority, according to multiple sources.
Williams does come with some risks, though. He hasn't played since the final game of the 2018 season, sitting out all last year - first in a contract dispute and then as a result of surgery to move a cancerous growth from his head. Williams rejoined the Redskins last October, but failed a physical and missed the rest of the season because he couldn't find a helmet to comfortably fit while his head still healed from the surgery.
Williams does not expect that to be an issue in 2020, though any team interested in him would have to determine that for themselves. A video of him working out was recently released on social media, where his strength appeared to fine and he seemed to be in good shape.