Redskins left tackle Trent Williams on Saturday agreed in principle to a five-year contract extension that reportedly makes him the game's highest-paid at his position.*
Trent Williams had a cool, calm demeanor about him Saturday evening at M&T Bank Stadium.
Sure, the Redskins' offensive line units had just surrendered zero sacks against an impressive Baltimore Ravens defense – and Washington improved its preseason record to 3-0 with a 31-13 victory – but for Williams, the celebrating had just begun.
That's because just prior to Saturday's game, he had agreed in principle to a reported five-year contract extension with the Redskins that will make him the National Football League's highest-paid left tackle.
The team formally announced the signing on Sunday.
"It feels great to know that I'll be ready to go for another five seasons," Williams told reporters after the game. "It's a dream come true."
Williams has turned into exactly the kind of player the Redskins hoped for when the team used the No. 4-overall pick on him out of Oklahoma in the 2010 NFL Draft.
On the field, the 6-foot-5, 337-pound Williams plays fast and nasty. Against some of the best pass rushers the league has to offer, the three-time Pro Bowler rarely gets beat, and takes pride in delivering some punishing blocks in the open field for his receivers and running backs.
Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson (No. 50) and tackle Trent Williams (No. 47) were named to the NFL Network's "Top 100 Players Of 2015" countdown Wednesday, June 10, 2015.
Off the field and in the locker room, Williams has developed into a perennial team captain, someone the rest of the offensive line leans on for advice.
He certainly earned head coach Jay Gruden's respect last season when he played through multiple nagging injuries to play in and start 15 games and still earn a Pro Bowl nomination.
"I think Trent from day one was voted captain here by the players and he fought through some injuries all year," Gruden said. "He gave us everything he had."
In the week leading up to the Ravens game, Williams was asked about the ongoing contract negotiations, saying he wasn't worried about a deal getting done.
On Saturday, Williams said he was happy that both sides were able to work things out – especially before the regular season got underway.
"Like I said, I wasn't worried about it at all," Williams said. "My agent, Vincent Taylor, he was working night and day to get it done with Eric Schaffer and Bruce Allen and Dan [Snyder], Scot [McCloughan]. All them played a part to get this thing done. I was extremely happy."
Williams, a Longview, Texas, native, said he's acclimated well to the Washington, D.C., area, and is excited about the prospects of keeping his family there for at least another five years.
"I love the city, I love where they have us at Ashburn, Northern Virginia," he said. "I love the area. It's a good school for the kids. It's just everything you want."
With his preseason action likely done, Williams can relax on Thursday as the team's second and third stringers battle it out for the final spots on the 53-man roster.
Now knowing he's locked in with the Redskins through at least 2020, Williams has only one thing on his mind: the Miami Dolphins, Washington's Week 1 opponent at FedExField.
"It feels great to get that out of the way," Williams said. "Now I can put my head down and play."