Trent Williams says Vikings didn't 'sync up' with his desires

Williams believes the Vikings backed out of trade negotiations to acquire the Pro Bowl left tackle.
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The Minnesota Vikings were not able to land disgruntled offensive lineman Trent Williams from Washington over the NFL Draft and there are many theories as to why that didn't happen.

The latest theory came from the man himself as Williams talked to reporters on a conference call following his trade to the San Francisco 49ers.

"The Vikings, long term, and what I looked at long term, it didn't sync up," Williams said, per NBC Sports Bay Area. "They just really dropped out. It wasn't me refusing to go."

The final part was a response to a report last Saturday that the Vikings had bumped up their offer to Washington which included a pair of picks on the final day of the draft. Washington supposedly liked the offer but ESPN's Courtney Cronin and John Keim reported Williams nixed the deal, paving the way to San Francisco.

While Williams and his agent denied the report, he did confirm NFL Network's Ian Rapoport's report that he preferred joining San Francisco's staff. That staff includes head coach Kyle Shanahan who served as Washington's offensive coordinator from 2010 to 2013.

"It's going to be a happy reunion," Williams said. "This was a preferred destination of mine just because of the familiarity I have with Kyle and the offense."

The Vikings moved on and selected tackle Ezra Cleveland with the 58th overall pick in the NFL Draft, but were willing to give Williams a contract extension before the deal fell through. Whether it was a disagreement on money or whatever, we may never know what drew Williams away from Minnesota.

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