Twitter Reacts to Historic Trent Williams Contract Extension with San Francisco 49ers

Published 03/17/2021, 9:48 AM EDT


Kyle Shanahan’s San Francisco 49ers endured a difficult outing in the NFL last year. The Super Bowl LIV runner-ups started their campaign as outside favorites to go all the way once again.

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However, injuries to key players over the course of the season hampered their goals of making the NFL Playoffs. But one positive from their dismal 2020 campaign was the offensive lineman, Trent Williams.

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – NOVEMBER 01: Trent Williams #71 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on before their game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 01, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

The former Washington man arrived in The Bay on a 1-year deal last year. After a shaky start to his 49ers tenure, Williams went on to have one of his best seasons in the NFL.

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The 8-time Pro Bowler was a free agent this summer. However, GM John Lynch had no plans of letting the proven star leave. The 49ers signed Williams to a mammoth 6-year extension worth a reported $138 million on Wednesday.

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Trent Williams becomes the highest-paid OL in NFL history

His new deal will see him become the top-paid offensive lineman in the league’s history. From the $138 million, $55,100,000 is guaranteed. In addition to that, Trent Williams will also receive a $30.1 million signing bonus.

Williams spent 9 years with the Washington Redskins (now Washington Football Team) before joining the 49ers in 2020. The NFC West acquired 32-year-old Trent in exchange for a 2020 5th-round pick and a 3rd-round selection in 2021.

After entering free agency, he was reportedly being courted by the Indianapolis Colts this offseason. But he ultimately gave a long-term commitment to San Francisco as they aim to bounce back from a tumultuous 2020 season.

Here are the top reactions from Twitter after Williams’ extension

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With Nick Bosa, Jimmy Garoppolo, and George Kittle, all expected to be fit in time for the 2021 NFL season, the 49ers are back in contention for the NFC West crown.

Coach Shanahan is also reportedly eyeing a trade move for Houston Texans’ wantaway quarterback Deshaun Watson.

But any potential trade deal for Watson will come at a hefty price. Can the Red and Gold get back to winning ways this season? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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