The Cincinnati Bengals have engaged in trade discussions for left tackle Jonah Williams. The news was broken by NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport, who cited sources familiar with the situation. There has been significant interest in Williams, who has started 47 games in his career thus far.
The situation has reportedly been exacerbated by Williams’ request for a trade following the Bengals’ signing of free-agent left tackle Orlando Brown from the Kansas City Chiefs to a lucrative 4-year, $64 million deal. With Brown in the mix, Williams’ future with the team became uncertain, leading to his trade request. The Bengals had planned to move him to Right Tackle.
Since his request to be traded, the Bengals have reportedly received several inquiries from other NFL teams interested in Williams. The 25-year-old left tackle is considered a promising young talent in the league, with many teams eager to acquire his services.
Notable that Williams is said to be adamant about his preference for playing left tackle, as opposed to being moved to right tackle.
Williams’ preference for staying at left tackle is driven by financial motivations. As a left tackle, Williams would be in a better position to earn a higher salary as a free agent in the following season. This is due to the fact that left tackles are considered to be one of the most important positions in the NFL, with teams willing to pay a premium for their services.
The Bengals, on the other hand, may be looking to trade Williams to recoup draft picks, as they attempt to build a team that can compete in the tough AFC Conference. The team found a lot of success in recent years, with two AFC Championship appearances the past two seasons.
The addition of Orlando Brown was seen as a significant step towards improving the team’s fortunes, and it remains to be seen whether the Bengals will be willing to trade away Williams in order to further bolster their assets.
For Williams, the situation remains uncertain, with his future with the Bengals in limbo. However, with several NFL teams expressing interest in the young left tackle, it is clear that there is a market for his services.
The coming weeks and months will be crucial in determining where Williams will end up, and whether he will be able to maximize his earning potential as a left tackle in the NFL.