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Redskins won’t pay Trent Williams’ salary as feud escalates

The Redskins continue to damage their relationship with offensive tackle Trent Williams.

ESPN reported Friday that Washington decided not to pay Williams’ remaining $5.1 million salary for the 2019 season after electing to place him on the non-football injury list the day before.

The Redskins’ decision is an unconventional one as many other teams have paid their notable players roughly 35-40 percent of their salaries while they were unable to play and is the latest in a series of issues between the team and Williams.

Last week, Williams revealed that he had cancer and claimed that the Redskins medical staff had repeatedly misdiagnosed him. He recalls asking team doctors on numerous occasions in the last six years about a growth on his head that he specifically feared was cancerous, but they maintained that it was just a cyst.

The 31-year-old, drafted fourth overall by Washington in the 2010 NFL Draft, said he stayed away from the team since the spring because he no longer trusts team doctors and officials.

Williams had a biopsy on the growth in January of 2019 and he found out that it was in fact cancer. Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, a cancer survivor himself, then flew Williams out on a private jet to for several examinations and then to Chicago for surgery. Williams said he was told the cancer cells were close to penetrating his skull.

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The gesture didn’t fully land with the 31-year-old.

“If I felt like they were genuine, I’d be all for it,” Williams told USA Today. “They’re not doing it to find out what went wrong. They’re doing it to cover their butts.

“Mine isn’t the only situation they got wrong. There are a lot of situations they could have looked into. Why didn’t they do it before now? Why didn’t they do it in (quarterback) Colt (McCoy’s) case? And they keep putting out these false reports. That’s never helpful. I just feel like regardless of what the findings of the investigation are, they’re going to try to find a way to paint me negatively and make themselves look better.”

Williams was diagnosed with Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans, a soft-tissue sarcoma that develops in the deep layers of skin. He was particularly bothered by Washington general manager Bruce Allen’s insensitivity toward the matter and prompted Williams to request a trade.

But the trade deadline passed and Williams is still with the Redskins.

The Redskins apparently inquired about a third-party investigation into the medical care of Williams, who has just one year remaining on his contract after this season. The seven-time Pro Bowler expressed to USA Today that he was surprised by the organization’s decision to rule him out for the rest of the season but also alluded to his uncertainty with his future in the franchise.

“I feel like everything has run its course,” he said. “I mean, I do want to play football still and I’m not a free agent until after the 2020 season, so who knows. But the bridge has definitely been burned, and any efforts now, basically are, in my opinion, pretty much just (cover your ass).”

From New York Post Media

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