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49ers place holdout LT Trent Williams on did not report list

Thu Jul 25 2:21pm ET
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Left tackle Trent Williams was placed on the did not report list on Thursday as the San Francisco 49ers began training camp without their premier offensive lineman.

Under terms of the collective bargaining agreement, the 49ers can fine Williams $50,000 per absence during camp.

Williams, an 11-time Pro Bowl selection, is owed $74.76 million over the next three seasons -- but none of the compensation is guaranteed. Williams cleared the midway point of six-year, $138.06 million deal and is entering the fourth year of the agreement.

"It's something I knew could be a possibility, and I was hoping that he would be here," 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said of Williams. "But I knew it could be a possibility, and I feel pretty confident that it will all work out in the long run and he'll be here, and we'll get on the same page with everything. It's just one day of practice, and I think Trent will be all right missing a few practices."

Williams was a first-team All-Pro in each of the past three seasons. The 36-year-old is entering his fifth season with San Francisco, which gave up third- and fifth-round picks to acquire him from Washington.

A seven-time Pro Bowl selection in nine campaigns with Washington, Williams sat out the entire 2019 season as part of a dispute with Washington over the handling of his health and injury issues, including a rare form of cancer, and his contract.

Williams has a cap figure of $31.6 million for 2024. He is stated to earn $20.05 million this season as well as $750,000 more in game-day roster bonuses.

He will make $22.5 million next season and $32.21 million in 2026.

Williams' average annual salary of $23.01 million is fourth highest among NFL left tackles. He moved down a spot Tuesday when Christian Darrisaw of the Minnesota Vikings signed a four-year, $113 million extension that will average a tackle-record $28.25 million a season.

Shanahan didn't want to have a deep discussion about the contract situation.

"A lot of things play into it but I'm not going to get into the personal parts of the contract," Shanahan said.

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