Offensive tackle Trent Williams has revealed that he was near a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs before deciding to return to the San Francisco 49ers. "Once I got the hunch that K.C. seemed like they were ready to make it official, I called Kyle," Williams said, per ESPN.
"I couldn't even get it out and just tell him, but I was just like, 'Hey man, we need to hurry this up, if you get my drift.' " After almost agreeing to a deal with the Chiefs, Williams called Niners head coach Kyle Shanahan to give him the last chance to convince him to stay in San Francisco.
"I thought I would either get a lot of money and be somewhere I hated to be or I would be somewhere I love to be playing for a discount," Williams said. "I definitely didn't think it would be both."
The Niners happy with what they saw from Williams
"After a year away from the football field, Trent came in and performed at an incredibly high level for us, demonstrating that he remains an elite tackle in this league," Niners general manager John Lynch said in a statement announcing the signing.
"His familiarity with our coaching staff allowed for a seamless transition into our organization and culture, where he quickly earned the trust of his teammates and established himself as an important leader in our locker room.
Trent's passion for the game could be felt from Day 1 and this fits exactly with our vision of the 49er way and a championship culture. His contributions to our team extend well beyond the field and we're thrilled to keep Trent in the Bay Area for a long time."
Williams and coach Shanahan have known each other for a very long time and their good relationship should not come as a surprise. "Kyle is like family to me," Williams said. "His family is like family to me.
... That's just how close I am with that family. Kyle didn't have to sell anything to me. I already knew what this place has to offer. I knew what he has to offer, and I knew what the front office would have to offer."
Williams, 32, hopes to play for many more years in the NFL. "I think playing until 40 is well within reach," Williams said. "The way I feel right now, I do think I have six years in my body. But I'm not going to be unrealistic.
I'll take it one day at a time and continue to plug away at it, but that is the goal. I have something to prove. Can I play at a high level until I'm 40? We'll see."