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Could Jonah Williams reunite with Tua Tagovailoa after requesting a trade from the Bengals?

Jonah Williams of the Cincinnati Bengals before taking the field for 2022 Super Bowl matchup versus Los Angeles Rams
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Could a former Alabama football offensive tackle be headed to a new scenery in the National Football League?

Jonah Williams, a California native, got selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.

He has started 47 career games as a left tackle, protecting quarterback Joe Burrow. In three seasons, Williams protected Burrow to have 11,774 passing yards, 82 touchdowns, and a career passer rating of 100.4. He tossed for 4,000+ passing yards in back-to-back years — including 4,475 yards and a career-high 35 touchdown passes. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network stated Friday that Williams has requested a trade from the Bengals. The 25-year-old could be the top tackle on the market should Cincinnati decide to move on from him. Williams came to the Crimson Tide as a five-star in the 2016 recruiting class.

He was a two-time first-team All-SEC selection (2017, 2018), a Unanimous All-American in 2018, and a Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner in 2018. Williams helped Damien Harris total 1,000+ yards rushing in 2016 and 2017. He protected Tua Tagovailoa to a single-season school record 3,966 passing yards and 43 touchdowns. Williams assisted Alabama to a College Football Playoff National Championship in 2017. He has two SEC Championship rings from the 2016 and 2018 seasons.

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Williams could reunite with Tagovailoa in Miami for the Dolphins. The Dolphins do not need a left tackle with Terron Armstead; however, it needs a right tackle. Williams may want to remain on the left side, but a change of scenery and an opportunity to play with Tagovailoa again may require moving over to the right. We will see if the Bengals decide to move on from him.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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