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Redskins don’t know when a Trent Williams trade might happen

Trent Williams remains a member of the Redskins. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

The Washington Redskins continue to look for a way to trade unhappy left tackle Trent Williams, but the market for potential trade partners may be shrinking.

Two teams that were potentially interested in trading for Williams, the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets, took tackles in Thursday’s first round of the NFL draft, seemingly minimizing the need to deal for the player who has been to seven Pro Bowls and has one year and $14.5 million left on his contract. Cleveland took Alabama’s Jedrick Willis and the Jets picked Louisville’s Mekhi Becton.

When asked during a video news conference following Washington’s selection of Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young with the second pick about a possible Williams trade, Redskins vice president of player personnel Kyle Smith said he did not know when it might happen.

“It could happen in five minutes, it could happen tomorrow, it might not happen in the next few days,” Smith said. “It’s just something we’re tying to work through and continue with our making calls and fielding calls and we’ll go from there.”

The Redskins have been asking for a second-round pick for the 31-year-old Williams, who did not play last season after a dispute with former team president Bruce Allen. They gave Williams and his agent permission to find a potential suitor who would also give Williams a new contract, but teams either have not met Williams’s contract demands or the Redskins’ trade request. Washington’s front office has told teams it is willing to consider offers that could equate to the value of a second-round pick, such as two third-round selections.

The Minnesota Vikings, who did not draft a tackle Thursday, have expressed interest in Williams, a person with knowledge of the situation said. The person added that the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers also have inquired about Williams, though those teams don’t have a pressing need for a starting tackle.

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