49ers Make Trent Williams the Highest -Paid Offensive Lineman of All-Time

Trent Williams With San Francisco 49ers Background

  • The San Francisco 49ers have signed Trent Williams to $138.06M deal, making him the highest paid offensive lineman ever.
  • Williams ranked 4th in the league in pass block win rate at 93.6% last season.
  • San Francisco has the 7th best odds to win Super Bowl LVI at +1400.

Trent Williams will return to the San Francisco 49ers as the highest paid offensive lineman in the history of the NFL.

On Wednesday, San Francisco announced that it had signed the 33-year old to a six-year deal worth $138.06M. Williams’ deal includes a guarantee of $55.1M and a $30.1M signing bonus. It surpasses the four-year $92M extension that lineman David Bakhtiari signed with the Green Bay Packers last November. Williams’ annual salary value of $23.01M is also the highest ever for a tackle, overtaking Ronnie Stanley who is making $19.75M per annum.

Trading for Trent

The 49ers traded for Williams on Day 3 of the 2020 NFL Draft, sending a 5th round pick and a 2021 third-rounder to the Washington Football team to acquire the offensive lineman. He went on to stabilize San Francisco’s left tackle position after the retirement of Joe Staley. Williams started 14 games and finished with the league’s 4th best pass block win rate among offensive tackles at 93.6%, trailing only Andrew Whitworth, Duane Brown, and Billy Turner.

His return to his old Pro Bowl form came in his first season back after sitting out the 2019 NFL season after a dispute with the Washington Football Team over the handling of his contract and injury issues. Williams has made the Pro Bowl in all of the 8 seasons he’s played and is considered one of the best left tackles of this era.

Upon joining the 49ers, the team agreed to add a clause to his contract that prevented them from tagging him this offseason. At the end of the season, Williams maintained that he hoped to sign with the 49ers but also wanted to see what a premier tackle would be worth in the free agency market. He discussed deals with the Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Bears this week but after the Chiefs signed Joe Thuney and the Bears inked Germain Ifedi, the stage was set for Williams to return to the 49ers. On Wednesday morning, that became a reality.

49ers Super Bowl LVI Odds

The best NFL Betting sites have the 49ers among the Top 7 betting favorites to win Super Bowl LVI. According to the latest oddsboard from BetOnline, the Niners are a +1400 to win the Lombardi Trophy.

San Francisco has made the playoffs just once in the last seven seasons and that was in 2019 when they made a run all the way to Super Bowl LIV where they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs. Last season, they finished at the bottom of the NFC West team standings with a 6-10 record.

With the offensive line rebuilt, and the defensive line getting a boost of athleticism after their offseason moves, the 49ers have created a roster that they believe will compete for a Super Bowl on a yearly basis. Sure, they may need to add a cornerback as an insurance due to Verrett’s injury history, but overall, the roster is sound and ready for the 2021 season.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.