The unexpected retirement of Joe Staley played a vital role in Trent Williams' decision to tag the San Francisco 49ers as his top landing spot via trade.
As we know, the Washington Redskins put an end to his lengthy holdout by granting his request, and the seven-time Pro Bowler recently revealed that another underlying factor persuaded him to fall head over heels with San Fran: the play of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
"From being in my position, not having a lot of success in the league, having a good quarterback and having a kind of musical chairs back there, I know the importance of it," Williams told NFL insider Ian Rapoport. “So I’m extremely happy just to be part of an offense that really don’t need me to win. I add to it."
We're not the least bit surprised that Williams took a little dig at the Redskins. Their contentious history is well-documented, and the team's quarterback situation was been anything but stable during his nine-year stint in DC. Spanning from 2015-2017, Kirk Cousins boasted the longest run as Washington's starting signal caller within that timeframe. However, before he secured the job, he famously played second fiddle to Robert Griffin III for two seasons.
Other than Cousins and RGIII, players like Rex Grossman, Colt McCoy and Alex Smith have started under center for the Redskins between 2010-2018. Just last season, then-head coach Jay Gruden was adamant about wanting the franchise to draft Dwayne Haskins.
It's really no wonder that Williams wanted a first class ticket out of Washington. Not only do the Niners have stability in the front office, but they have their QB of the future in Garoppolo, who led them to the Super Bowl in his first full season as the starter.
Williams is finally satisfied with the organization he plays for, so expect him to return to Pro Bowl form protecting Garoppolo's blindside for San Francisco in 2020.