Reacting to Bleacher Report’s 4 trade proposals for Commanders

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2. Montez Sweat to Los Angeles

Rams get: Edge Montez Sweat

Commanders get: 2023 second-round pick

This trade might make little sense at face value, but it’ll look even more delusional once you see Wharton’s next Commanders trade. Our first takeaway? Why would Washington trade Sweat after exercising his fifth-year option? That locked him under contract for 2023, so it’s not like he’s an impending free agent.

Wharton deems Sweat a viable Von Miller replacement and Sweat’s on an affordable salary, but the Commanders would never make this trade. The former first-round pick is technically under contract for two more seasons and had 16 sacks, 20 tackles for loss, 30 QB hits and a 76.6 run defense grade from PFF before a fractured jaw and family tragedy limited him to 10 games last campaign.

Despite playing just 10 games, Sweat managed five sacks, three forced fumbles, 13 QB hits and 82.4 run defense grade from PFF. Simply put, his upside is too intriguing to trade him three years into his career, especially when he’d only return a single draft pick that’ll likely fall in the bottom of the second round.

Miller was invaluable to the Rams’ Super Bowl run in 2021, but they’ll have to look elsewhere to find a proper running mate for Leonard Floyd. The trade deadline should provide an adequate market in that regard and Justin Houston, Jason Pierre-Paul, Anthony Barr and Jamie Collins are still kicking in free agency.