UPDATE: Adam Schefter is reporting Joe Staley is in fact set to retire, due to health concerns. “The 35-year-old Staley wanted to inform the 49ers in a timely way to help find a replacement.”
Washington offensive tackle Trent Williams appears to finally be free. The San Francisco 49ers are trading for him, sending a fifth round pick and a 2021 third round pick, according to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport.
The addition is a good indication that 49ers left tackle Joe Staley is planning on retiring. Staley has been thinking about retirement, but there had not been any clarity on the situation. With Mike McGlinchey on the right side, Williams would start at left tackle if Staley retires. It would be surprising if Staley does not retire given the addition.
Kyle Shanahan was part of his dad Mike’s coaching staff in Washington that drafted Williams in 2010. There is no doubting Williams’ ability, and a divorce with Washington was inevitable. Williams was upset with how the Washington medical staff dealt with a growth on his head. It was diagnosed as a type of cancer called dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans. He said the Washington staff told him it was not serious, but it was an issue.
Williams sat out the 2019 season and there were reports he was headed to Minnesota. When that did not get done, Washington switched gears. Dan Snyder has had issues with the Shanahan family, but Ron Rivera had no such qualms in getting a deal done.