The Washington Redskins believe there's a strong chance that offensive tackle Trent Williams will return to the team for the 2020 season, sources told the Washington Post's Les Carpenter and Mark Maske.
Head coach Ron Rivera remains highly focused on getting Williams back on the field, Carpenter and Maske report.
The Redskins were reportedly trying to shop Williams after the conclusion of the 2019 season, but the new bench boss is said to have re-opened communications with the blocker.
Williams became one of the NFL's most reliable offensive tackles after being drafted fourth overall in 2010. The Oklahoma product has played in 120 games and made seven Pro Bowl appearances in nine seasons.
However, the 31-year-old's relationship with the Redskins grew strained due to the player's dissatisfaction with the medical staff. He had a cancerous growth removed from his head in April, one that was first noticed in 2013 but not considered serious at the time.
Williams didn't report to Washington's offseason activities last year and held out for the first eight weeks of the campaign. Upon his return following the trade deadline, he failed a physical after experiencing discomfort with his helmet due to post-surgery soreness on his scalp.
He finished the season on the non-football injury list and said in November that he didn't think the situation could be fixed.
Williams has one year left on his current contract and will earn a base salary of $12.5 million.