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Rumor: Browns may be closing in on Trent Williams

Pro Bowl left tackle’s disgruntled time in Washington could be drawing to a close.

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Cleveland Browns general manager cleared out one of his mistakes on Tuesday with the trade of guard Austin Corbett to the Los Angeles Rams.

But could another deal for an offensive lineman be on the way?

That might be the case, according to Steve Doerschuk of The Canton Repository, who Tweeted out that the Browns could be circling Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams:

But before you start celebrating, Browns fans, there is denial of an impending deal coming from the Redskins, according to Les Carpenter of The Washington Post:

Of course, the Browns are no stranger to NFC East Division teams denying that a deal is in the works. Earlier this year Dorsey was able to work out a trade with the New York Giants for wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. despite the repeated claims by New York general manager Dave Gettleman that Beckham was not available.

Williams is a seven-time Pro Bowler who would be an immediate upgrade from current left tackle Greg Robinson. Williams has not played this season after getting into a dispute with the Redskins over how the team dealt with a growth on his head that caused a cancer scare.

Heading into last weekend’s game, Williams had forfeited more than $4 million in salary and a $1.5 million bonus by not reporting to the Redskins. According to Carpenter, Washington general manager Bruce Allen believes that Williams will eventually reach a point where he does not want to lose any more money and will return to the team.

As to what Redskins would want in return to Williams, a high draft pick would certainly be part of the conversation, and it would not be a surprise if Washington wanted a young player in the deal as well.

Whether or not Dorsey is comfortable giving up another first-round pick a year after sending one to the Giants in the Beckham trade remains to be seen.

We are still two weeks away from the NFL trading deadline, so one way or another we will all known Williams’ fate soon enough.