49ers' Trent Williams on leaving Washington: Wasn't about money, it's about respect

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49ers' Trent Williams on leaving Washington: Wasn't about money, it's about respect

San Francisco 49ers left tackle Trent Williams insists he holds no grudges against his former team, Washington Football Team, ahead of their matchup. Williams, who was drafted by Washington in 2010, sat out the entire last season because he didn't want to play for Washington and he forced his way out of the team earlier this year.

Williams, who was diagnosed with a rare cancer in 2019, sat out the entire last season over the handling of his health and his contract status. "I won't sit here and hold grudges for no reason," Williams said, per ESPN.

"The people I had an issue with, they're not there. The people who helped instigate the situation are no longer a part of the organization. I'm not going to sit here and carry some grudge because people expect me to carry it."

Williams wasn't getting the respect he felt he deserved from Washington

"It wasn't about the money," Williams claimed. "It was about respect. It felt I didn't get that from them at that point. Nine years previous to that, I didn't have an issue.

I've seen issues happen [there] but I overlooked them because they didn't happen to me. It was my first time being on that side of things. The better decision was to just go my separate way." Williams spent a decade with Washington and he claims he also holds no grudges against any of his former teammates.

"I didn't have an issue with those guys in the locker room," Williams said. "Those guys in the locker room supported me from Day 1 until now. They publicly showed support and privately showed support. I have nothing to prove to those guys who are going to be taking the field."

After the last season ended, Washington fired their coaching staff and hired Ron Rivera. "There was a glimmer of hope I would remain there," Williams said. "But after talking to Ron, we were on two different pages.

He wanted everybody to show him what they had. The point I was at in my career, I didn't feel I had to show him what I had just to stick around. I knew there would be suitors out there and I wanted to go my own way. "No disrespect.

Very professional, very likeable guy. I've heard nothing but good things about him prior to the meeting and after the meeting. Never an issue."