There aren’t a lot of drawbacks to landing a player like Howard. He hasn’t dealt with an major injury issues during his career and has two, 1,000 yard seasons under his belt. He’s a really good between the tackles runner, and that’s what the Redskins need the most.
The big questions regarding a potential move like this are, what will it take to get Howard? And, will the Bears actually be willing to trade Howard?
In terms of value it will take to get Howard, I think Cherepinsky’s suggestion of a third or fourth rounder makes sense. Jay Ajayi was shipped to the Eagles for a fourth rounder last season, and he’s a similar player to Howard. Plus, the strength of the running back class may devalue Howard a bit, as teams would be able to land a comparable player with a mid-round pick. So, a fourth round pick might be the most sensible option.
As for whether or not the Bears will move Howard, it’s impossible to know. Before the draft, anything is possible. But Howard deleting all of his Bears-related pictures from Instagram and his questionable fit in Matt Nagy’s offense makes it seem like a strong possibility.
If Howard becomes a Redskin, that would be great news for the team. For now though, this is just an idea. Keep an eye on Howard as the offseason goes along, as he could end up wearing a different uniform in 2018 regardless.