One of the first things Rivera has done in trying to accomplish this is by hiring Ryan Vermillion, formerly of the Carolina Panthers, as the team’s head athletic trainer.
“One of Ron’s top goals is to get Trent back,” the person said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the Redskins had not announced the staff addition. “I know for certain that Ron is going to try to get him back.”
Vermillion replaces Larry Hess, who was not retained when Rivera was hired. Rivera was assured complete authority within the organization when he was hired by Redskins owner Daniel Snyder.
Williams, 31, remains under contract with Washington after not playing at all this past season. He remained in dispute over his medical care and other health-related issues.
Williams’ issues stem from being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer on his scalp last winter. He accused the team’s medical staff of ignoring it for several years, so he ended up holding out of training camp and the first half of the season. While he demanded to be traded, he returned before the Oct. 29 trade deadline but wasn’t moved. As a result, he was placed on the non-football injury list a week later.