In somewhat shocking news, the Niners trade for Trent Williams of the Washington Redskins for next year’s 3rd round pick, and this year’s 5th round pick. Joe Staley, citing health concerns, has decided to retire. At least the timing was right. Williams, who held out last season with the Skins due to his feeling that the Skins medical staff misdiagnosed treatment of s growth on Williams’ head.
Williams is one of the top-rated tackles in the league, grading out as 3rd best in the league for the past 3 years, behind Joe Staley and David Bakhtiari. So we get a fresh 31 year old tackle who should be able to fit right in and pick up where Joe left off.
Joe Staley of course has been a mainstay for 13 seasons with the 49ers. He led the way for Frank Gore, protected a lot of mediocre quarterbacks, wnet through both of the recent resurgences, was a 5 time pro-bowler, 3 time all-pro and part of the All-decade team of the 2010s.
Should be a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame in 5 years.