With NFL free agency now underway for nearly 24 hours, it comes as a shock to many that Trent Williams has yet to been signed.
Williams — arguably one of the better FA’s of his class — can significantly help a team who is need of an offensive linemen.
Yet, Williams was not one of the twelve offensive linemen who received a contract on the first day of free agency.
But, two teams have emerged as potential landing spots for the LT.
In fact, these two teams met on the grandest stage of them all two seasons ago: San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs.
San Francisco 49ers
Keep in kind that a year ago, the 49ers traded for the left tackle.
But, an injury riddled season prevented this team from reaching its full potential.
As a result, San Francisco is looking to bring Williams back in an attempt to get back to the Super Bowl.
49ers OT Trent Williams is officially a free agent—as we mentioned in the column this morning, I've heard San Francisco is willing to go to $20 million per for him.
The Chiefs and Colts are two contenders with holes at left tackle, and money to spend.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 15, 2021
The 49ers have also made headlines surrounding QB Sam Darnold.
Who — keep in mind — is still on a rookie contract.
Why is this important?
Well, if they were to trade for Darnold, that would most likely mean that Jimmy Garoppolo would also be traded.
With acquiring a cheaper contract in Darnold, the 49ers would then be able to allocate more resources to positions of need.
Hence, the $20 million per year to Williams.
Williams is indeed 32 years of age and probably doesn’t have too many NFL years left in him.
So, he will want to maximize his opportunity of winning now.
In no way shape or form am I saying San Francisco is not ready to win now.
What I mean is, that Williams can take less money and play elsewhere where he has a even better chance of winning it all.
Say… Kansas City for example.
Kansas City Chiefs
It is no secret that the Kansas City Chiefs are in the market for some offensive linemen.
After their horrendous Super Bowl performance — despite the injuries — Kansas City has reassessed and developed a plan moving forward: protect Patrick Mahomes.
In fact, several players, including Patrick Mahomes restructured their contracts to free up more space for free agency.
Kansas City made their first big splash yesterday, signing G Joe Thuney to a 5 year, $80 million deal.
Chiefs signing OL Joe Thuney to five-year, $80 million deal. (via @RapSheet)
— NFL (@NFL) March 15, 2021
They also cut two of their better offensive linemen in Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz.
But, it is evident that Kansas City has a plan.
After the signing of Thuney, it seems that they are turning their attention to Trent Williams.
Who, in actuality, may be the missing piece to the puzzle.
Kansas City — as opposed to San Francisco — plays in a less competitive conference and has made three straight AFC Conference Championships.
While they may not be able to offer him $20 million per year, they can offer him the best chance of winning right now.
Since Chiefs ppl are sharing Trent Williams videos… here’s his best block of 2020. It might be the best block of the season. pic.twitter.com/FSH2ypTQ3H
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) March 15, 2021
A player of Williams’ capability can make all the difference in the world.
It should be interesting to see how this story unfolds and who ultimately ends up landing one of the NFL’s best left tackles.