Vikings Rumors: Trade for Trent Williams still being pursued

(Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images) Trent Williams
(Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images) Trent Williams /

For the past few weeks, one of the biggest Minnesota Vikings rumors has had to do with the team’s pursuit of current Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams.

It’s no secret that the Washington Redskins are considering their options when it comes to trading Trent Williams and the veteran left tackle has been included in some of the biggest Minnesota Vikings rumors during the last few weeks.

Back in March, ESPN’s John Keim reported that the Vikings were among the teams who have expressed interest in trading for Williams. Keim also recently deemed Minnesota a, “team to watch,” when it comes to landing the left tackle.

On Friday, ESPN’s Courtney Cronin added to Keim’s info and reported that the Vikings are still pursuing a trade for Williams. Cronin also mentioned that Minnesota offered the Redskins a Day 3 pick for the offensive tackle last week, but no deal was made.

With the Vikings adding two more draft picks to their arsenal on Thursday night, it doesn’t seem like it should be too difficult for them to come up with an offer to convince Washington to let go of Williams. Minnesota currently has at least two selections in every remaining round of this year’s draft except for the second.

Helping the Vikings’ chances of landing Williams is the fact that some of the other teams who were believed to have interest in him went out and drafted offensive tackles on Thursday night.

Along with the Vikings, the Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, and San Francisco 49ers have all shown some interest in trading for the talented offensive lineman according to the Washington Post’s Les Carpenter on Thursday.

The Browns and Jets both picked offensive tackles in the first round of this year’s draft and Carpenter doesn’t believe the Eagles and 49ers have as pressing of a need for a left tackle as Minnesota does. Carpenter also added that the Redskins have been looking for a second-round pick in exchange for Williams.

If that truly is the case, the Vikings really should just bite the bullet and send their selection in the second round over to Washington to get a deal done. Williams is going to be better than any offensive lineman Minnesota can add with their second-round pick, so just hand it over and see if the Redskins will take Riley Reiff off of your hands as well.

When could a trade for Williams actually happen? On Thursday night, Washington vice president of player personnel Kyle Smith said, “It could happen in five minutes, it could happen tomorrow, it might not happen in the next few days.”

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So basically, stay tuned.