According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Washington made a major move to solidify its offensive line Saturday afternoon, locking up Trent Williams with a huge contract.
#Redskins and OT Trent Williams have agreed on a 5-year, $66M extension, per agent Vincent Taylor of Elite Loyalty Sports. Wow.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 29, 2015
The report says that includes $43.25 million in guarantees.
Williams confirmed the extension, which would make him the league's highest-paid offensive tackle, on his own Twitter account.
Happy to announce I will be a redskin for the next 5 years. This is a dream come true HTTR 4 Life. #sbg— Trent Williams (@TrentW71) August 29, 2015
The 27-year-old is in his sixth season with Washington after being the fourth pick of the 2010 draft, and has developed into exactly the kind of player they expected.
He's been named to the last three Pro Bowls, and has been voted into the NFL's top 100 players by his peers in each of the last three seasons. After entering the list at #99 in 2013, he improved to 60th in 2014 and 47th in 2015 - making him the fourth-rated tackle in the league.
In college, Williams played alongside Minnesota's Phil Loadholt on the 2008 Oklahoma Sooners offensive line. That team, led by quarterback Sam Bradford and tailback DeMarco Murray, went 12-2 and set a Division I record with 716 points.
We'll update this story as it develops.