Joe Thomas, the longtime left tackle for the Cleveland Browns who started over 10,000-straight snaps during his playing career, was recently on NFL Network to discuss a myriad of NFL topics, including the potential of Tom Brady signing with the Chargers.
Thomas also felt it necessary to add that he believes the Chargers could be one of the teams in on Washington left tackle Trent Williams.
Just now on NFL Network, Joe Thomas talking Tom Brady and the Chargers said, "don't be surprised about a trade and new extension for Trent Williams" with LA. https://t.co/Yo7h3LRD22— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) March 16, 2020
The Bolts currently are sitting around with just under $50 million in cap space for 2020, which is plenty of money to throw at a premiere free agent signing. Williams, even at 30-years old, could be the Chargers starting left tackle for the next three to four years. If a guy like Andrew Whitworth can sustain his level of play up to 38, Williams should have no problem doing something similar. It would allow the Chargers to feel a lot safer starting a rookie quarterback with Williams there to protect him as he gets acclimated to the NFL during his first few years.
I’d be worried about how a possible extension of Williams would look, especially with other large contracts on the horizon. However, it gives the Chargers a top-3 tackle in the NFL and a solid foundational piece to set their new quarterback up for the immediate future.