4 Times Redskins Completely Burned Bridges With Their Stars

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 28:  Team owner Daniel Snyder of the Washington Redskins looks on from the sideline before a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on October 28, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Steelers defeated the Redskins 27-12.  (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
Washington Redskins v Pittsburgh Steelers | George Gojkovich/Getty Images

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder is more renowned for burning bridges with star players than he is for delivering a winning football team to the nation's capital.

A large population of Redskins fans will love nothing more than Snyder to step down, and those who aren't yet persuaded to feel as such, the following content will surely do the trick. In "honor" of Washington placing All-Pro left tackle Trent Williams on the non-football illness list on Thursday, let's take a stroll down memory to four times that Snyder and Co. have ruined relationships with their star players.

4. Paul Krause

Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back Paul Krause played for the Washington Redskins from 1964 until 1967. He had 28 interceptions with the Redskins, and finished with 81 interceptions throughout his career. (Photo by Nate Fine/NFL) *** Local Caption ***
Paul Krause - File Photos | Nate Fine/Getty Images

Drafted in 1964 by the Redskins, Paul Krause impressively led the NFL with 12 interceptions in his rookie season, a feat that landed him in the Pro Bowl. Despite logging 28 INTs for Washington over his first four campaigns, the organization surprisingly opted to trade him to Minnesota after his fourth season. The franchise is simply notorious for prematurely moving on from star players, and Krause's exile was merely the inception of an exasperating trend.

3. Carlos Rogers

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 19:   Carlos Rogers #22 of the Washington Redskins warms up before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  The Cowboys defeated the Redskins 33-30.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Washington Redskins v Dallas Cowboys | Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Let's take it back to the NFL lockout in 2011, when stud cornerback Carlos Rogers demanded a trade out of DC because the Redskins didn't appreciate his elite talents. The team insisted on considering Rogers as their No. 2 cornerback despite his invaluable cover skills. That decision made zero sense, as Washington needed him to shut down opponents' best receivers. After trading up to select him with the ninth overall pick of the 2005 draft, the Redskins failed to treat him like a star player. He ended up making the Pro Bowl in his first season away from the franchise in 2011 with the 49ers.

2. Champ Bailey

Some folks might forget the fact that Hall of Fame cornerback Champ Bailey began his career with the Redskins, who drafted him back in 1999. Bailey was ultimately dealt to the Broncos in 2004 in a straight swap for Clinton Portis. If you thought that Champ enjoyed his time in DC, well, think again. He is famously quoted saying that "Leaving the Redskins was the best thing to happen to my career." That's not even to mention that Washington was laughably tardy in congratulating him on his Hall of Fame induction. What an appalling way to treat one of the best defensive backs in the history of the NFL.

1. Trent Williams

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 26: Trent Williams #71 of the Washington Redskins walks off the field at the end of the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 26, 2015 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Washington Redskins v Philadelphia Eagles | Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Yeah, that man again! The bad blood between Williams and the Redskins is too significant and disturbing to not have him featured in this list. He claimed that Washington ignored an allegedly cancerous growth on his scalp for over six (!) years. Williams had surgery this past offseason to remove the growth, which has led to his insistence that he'll never play another down for the organization. That HAS to take the cake here, no?