Trent Williams Trying to Be the Tom Brady of Offensive Linemen

Trent Williams is trying to be the Tom Brady of offensive linemen.
Trent Williams is trying to be the Tom Brady of offensive linemen. / Ralph Freso/Getty Images

San Francisco 49ers left tackle Trent Williams proved he's still one of the best in the business in 2021. No tackle received a higher overall grade last year than Williams' 91.9, per ProFootballFocus. The mauler was rewarded handsomely for his efforts, signing a six-year, $138 million deal to remain in SF.

The length of the contract may have given some fans reason for concern, though, as Williams is a 32-year-old tackle. He's doing his best to silence those doubts, giving an extremely confident quote about his NFL future. In fact, it sounds like Williams is trying to become the Tom Brady of offensive linemen.

I've been to the Pro Bowl the last eight years I've touched the field so I'm not really worried about a decline at the moment. I know six years is a lot to actually go and suffice but I do think it's possible and I do appreciate the 49ers for adding that incentive, to go and get that fifth and sixth year.

Trent Williams

Williams will be turning 33 before next season kicks off, so if he finishes his entire six-year deal, he'd be 39 years old. That sounds like a pretty ambitious goal, but it's not unprecedented. Not by a long shot.

Tom Brady may get all the attention for being the NFL's resident elder statesmen, but there are others who are quietly following in his footsteps.

Andrew Whitworth and Jason Peters are both 39, and both proved to be more than serviceable players last year. That's especially true of Whitworth, who was PFF's fourth-highest graded tackle, though he did miss some time due to injury.

It certainly sounds like Williams is hoping to do something similar down the road.

I think just going off of that and kind of knowing the medicine now and the way the NFL takes care of their players now, yeah, I think playing 'til 40 is well within reach... I have something to prove. Can I play at a high level 'til I'm 40? We'll see.

Trent Williams

Quotes like that have to be music to 49ers' fans ears.

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