The 49ers’ biggest offseason question has been answered. Left tackle Trent Williams will return to the 49ers on a 6-year, $138 million deal – Highest-Paid Offensive Lineman in the NFL History. The deal includes a $55.1M guaranteed and a $30.1M signing bonus, which is the most in NFL History for an Offensive Lineman.
This was the most significant domino left to fall for San Francisco’s offseason. With Williams’ deal settled, they now have a better view of what kind of finances they have to work with through the rest of free agency.
The 49ers acquired Williams from Washington on Day 3 of last year’s draft. In exchange, they sent a 2020 fifth-round pick and a third-round selection in 2021. Williams after missing all of the 2019 campaign knocked off a little rust early and put together arguably his finest season as a pro.
Williams, 32, made it clear he wanted to test his value on the open market, but barring an unforeseen Godfather offer from a needy club like the Colts that had a ton of cap space, it’s hard to believe the 49ers’ intention all along wasn’t to go as high as they needed to keep the eight-time Pro Bowler in red and gold.
Story by Niners Wire