New San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Trent Williams claimed there is no lingering resentment towards Richard Sherman from their on-field bust-up in 2013.

Williams was traded to the 49ers from the Washington Redskins last week and will be a key veteran presence on a team that was beaten by the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV in February.

In moving to the Bay Area, he has become team-mates with cornerback Sherman, who Williams punched in the face after the Redskins' playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks in January 2013.

Any fears that bad blood could still exist between the pair appeared to be assuaged when the two made light of their spat on Twitter, and Williams has revealed the matter was quickly put to bed at the time.

"Well, a lot of people don't know this, but me and Sherm, we talked that night after that incident, and we kind of buried the hatchet then," Williams explained on a conference call.

"So we've, since then, built a good relationship over the past seven years.

"You know he's one of the guys I talk to a lot in the offseason, seen him a few times, so we've been good friends for a minute.

"I'm kind of happy to be on a team with him."

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was on Washington's coaching staff when Williams was drafted by the Redskins in 2010.

Williams, who did not play for Washington last season due to a dispute, explained San Francisco was his ideal landing spot, and reiterated he had not refused to be traded to the Minnesota Vikings, as one report claimed.

"This was a preferred destination of mine just because of the familiarity I have with Kyle and the offense," he added.

"Obviously, it being an ascending team, I feel like I'll fit right in.

"The Vikings, long term, and what I looked at long term, it didn't synch up.

"They just really dropped out. It wasn't me refusing to go."

General manager John Lynch says the San Francisco 49ers will not rush into a decision over whether to offer new recruit Trent Williams a contract extension.

Left tackle Williams was traded to the Niners from the Washington Redskins on Saturday.

The arrival of Williams, who is in the last year of his contract, came on the same day in which Joe Staley announced his retirement after 13 seasons with San Francisco.

Williams did not feature in the NFL last year due to a dispute with the Redskins, who received a fifth-round pick in this season's draft and a third-round pick in 2021.

The Niners, beaten by the Kansas Chiefs in the Super Bowl in February, are excited to have landed Williams but are in no hurry to tie the 31-year-old down to a long-term contract.

Lynch said: "I think the plan was to land him right now and then let the rest kind of work itself out.

"I think it's always an advantage when you get someone in the building, on your roster. Now you've got a chance.

"We'll get a really good look at him. We'll see where the rest of our team is at, but right now we are just ecstatic that we were able to pull it off at a really opportune time.

"You're losing a great player like Joe at a very critical position, to be able to have everything line up that he was available right then and for us to be able to land him, I think very fortuitous for us, and we're very excited about that."

The San Francisco 49ers were the most prominent team on the third and final day of the 2020 NFL Draft but not for their draft choices.  

The 49ers executed three trades on Saturday, highlighted by the acquisition of disgruntled left tackle and seven-time Pro Bowler Trent Williams from the Washington Redskins, giving up a fifth-round pick this season and a third-round selection in 2021.

Williams will take the place of Joe Staley, who announced his retirement after a 13-year career in San Francisco that included six Pro Bowls.  

The 49ers also traded running back Matt Breida to the Miami Dolphins for a fifth-round pick and sent wide receiver Marquise Goodwin to the Philadelphia Eagles while swapping picks in the sixth round.   

The Eagles entered the draft on a mission to improve a receiving corps that was historically impotent last season. In addition to trading for Goodwin, Philadelphia spent first-, fifth- and sixth-round picks on wide receivers, including Boise State's John Hightower and Southern Mississippi's Quez Watkins on Saturday.   

Quarterback selections played a prominent role again as the Indianapolis Colts used their fourth-round pick – 122nd overall – on Washington quarterback Jacob Eason.

The 6-foot-6 signal-caller began his career at Georgia but transferred to his home state of Washington and may be Indianapolis' quarterback of the future.   

The player who replaced Eason at Georgia, Jake Fromm, had to wait until the 22nd pick of the fifth round to hear his name called by the Buffalo Bills.    

The New York Jets selected a quarterback in the fourth round, grabbing Florida International's James Morgan, and Oregon State's Jake Luton, another 6-foot-6 quarterback, fell to the sixth round and the Jacksonville Jaguars.  

Four more quarterbacks were taken in the seventh round, but one team that did not select a QB all weekend was the New England Patriots.   

Despite the departure of Tom Brady to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason, the Patriots passed on adding a rookie at the position, leaving journeyman Brian Hoyer and second-year Auburn product Jarrett Stidham as the only quarterbacks on the New England roster.   

The Patriots, however, did draft a replacement for a franchise legend in the fifth round by selecting Marshall kicker Justin Rohrwasser, who will take the place of franchise scoring leader Stephen Gostkowski.   

The Carolina Panthers and new head coach Matt Rhule used all seven of their picks on defensive players, tying the 1985 Cleveland Browns for most picks on one side of the ball. The Browns used all seven picks on offense.  

National champion LSU had the most players selected with 14, tied with Ohio State in 2004 for the most by any single school in a seven-round draft. 

Trent Williams was traded to the San Francisco 49ers from the Washington Redskins in a big move at the start of day three of the NFL Draft.

Star left tackle Williams did not make an appearance in 2019 due to a dispute with the Redskins, who received a fifth-round pick in this season's draft and a third-round pick in 2021 from the Niners.

Beaten in the Super Bowl in February, San Francisco were in need of defensive reinforcements and reportedly saw off competition from the Minnesota Vikings and the Cleveland Browns to secure Williams' services.

The Vikings, according to reports, had been in line to commit to a similar deal as the Niners, but 31-year-old Williams – a seven-time Pro Bowler – preferred a move to San Francisco.

Williams leaves the Redskins after nine years with the team, having made 119 starts.

On Saturday, he posted on his Instagram account: "Can someone make me a San Fran edit."

San Francisco later confirmed the deal was complete, pending Williams passing physical tests.

Washington selected tackle Saahdiq Charles from LCU as Williams' replacement, with the 108th pick overall.

With Week 9 underway, we take a look at all that is happening around the NFL. 

From a few injury updates, the New England Patriots moving on from a key player, and the Washington Redskins possibly starting yet another quarterback — we cover it all in this edition of NFL news and notes.

 

Three things that matter

Redskins' Williams reveals he had cancer

Trent Williams, who just ended his season-long holdout, revealed he was diagnosed with cancer this offseason and had a piece of a tumour removed.

Williams was diagnosed with DFSP – a rare skin cancer that develops in the middle layer of skin. The Redskins player revealed the cancer was weeks away from reaching his brain.

A seven-time Pro Bowler, Williams said the growth started nearly six years ago and he was told by the Redskins it was nothing serious. He thought he was dealing with a cyst until he received the DFSP diagnosis. Williams said he nearly lost his life and spent two weeks in a Chicago hospital without a single visit from anyone in the Redskins organisation.

"I think the diagnosis they gave me at the beginning, they underestimated it. It was far more advanced than they realised," he said.

Broncos QB Joe Flacco to miss 4-6 weeks

The Denver Broncos will be without their starting quarterback for an extended amount of time. Veteran Joe Flacco is expected to miss 4-6 weeks as he deals with a herniated disk in his neck, according to ESPN.

Denver announced earlier this week that Flacco would miss Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, with backup Brandon Allen starting in his place. The Broncos initially feared Flacco's season was in jeopardy, but that feeling seems to have shifted in wake of the recent news.

Flacco, who was traded from the Baltimore Ravens to Denver last offseason, has started eight games this season throwing for 1,822 yards and six touchdowns with five interceptions while completing 65.3 per cent of his passes.

Patriots releasing Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon's time in New England has come to an end. Super Bowl champions the Patriots will release Gordon off injured reserve Thursday, according to multiple reports. Gordon, 28, will then be placed on waivers where he hopes to "land in a good and supportive situation," according to ESPN.

Gordon, who caught 20 passes for 287 yards and one touchdown in six games, was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury on October 23. It was reported at the time that the injury was minor, and Gordon hoped to be released by the organisation so he could join another team.

New England recently acquired wide receiver Mohamed Sanu from the Atlanta Falcons on October 22, hinting that Gordon's time could be coming to an end soon.

Gordon's departure marks the third wideout to leave New England this season after the team traded Demaryius Thomas to the New York Jets in August and cut Antonio Brown in September in wake of sexual misconduct allegations.

Two things that don't matter

Redskins QB Haskins "excited to put a first start on film"

Redskins rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins could finally get his chance to start as veteran Case Keenum remains in the concussion protocol. Haskins took the majority of the first-team snaps on Wednesday and Thursday, putting him one step closer to making his first NFL start. 

"I get hyped every day I get to put a helmet on," Haskins said. "Even more excited to put a first start on film, even more excited about it."

Washington have struggled to find consistency with their quarterbacks this campaign since Alex Smith suffered a horrific season-ending leg injury during Week 11 last term. Keenum started the first four games of the year, but left Week 4's game against the New York Giants early with a foot issue. Haskins went in to replace Keenum, but he completed just nine of 17 passes for 107 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions.

The Redskins opted to go with Colt McCoy, who had not played since December after suffering a season-ending leg injury, in Week 5 over Haskins. Keenum returned as the starter for Weeks 6-8, but was replaced by Haskins last Thursday in a loss to the Minnesota Vikings when McCoy entered the concussion protocol at half-time.

Haskins, 22, has completed 54.5 per cent of his passes for 140 yards with four interceptions and no touchdowns in two appearances. 

Jets' Adams upset about trade talks; Bell comments

Jamal Adams was not holding back in expressing his frustration with the Jets, saying the trade talks that went on behind his back "definitely hurt." 

Adams said: "The [Los Angeles] Rams don't take calls on Aaron Donald. The Patriots don't take calls on Tom Brady. That's where I hold myself in that regard. Regardless of that I understand that you have a job to do. That's the way I took it."

Le'Veon Bell, who held out all of the 2018 season in hopes of reaching a new contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers and then later signed with the Jets, says he understands Adams' frustration and that he would have reacted the same way when he was his team-mate's age.

The Dallas Cowboys reportedly offered a first-round pick for Adams, but that was not enough for New York. 

One video you have to see

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who dislocated his right kneecap in a victory against the Broncos, looks good in practice. He was taking snaps behind quarterback Matt Moore.

Thursday's tweet of the day

The Browns had high hopes this season, but are 2-5 entering Week 9. Odell Beckham Jr. admitted Thursday he and quarterback Baker Mayfield are still figuring out a learning curve.

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