Trent Williams: No issue with Richard Sherman despite 2013 bust-up
- New team-mates Trent Williams and Richard Sherman came to blows five years ago, but the former insists they quickly buried the hatchet.
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.
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"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."