NFL writer proposes 3 trade ideas for Commanders, including acquiring a new QB
By Jerry Trotta
2. Casey Toohill to the Saints
"The Saints have the worst pressure rate in the league, according to Pro Football Focus, and the fewest quarterback hits (27). That doesn’t say much about the best-laid plans of trading up for Marcus Davenport and letting Trey Hendrickson go, but que sera sera. They’re also cap-tight enough that any serious investment is impossible, so how about a lottery ticket? In terms of quarterback hits per pass-rush snap, Toohill is, unbelievably, the second-most productive pass rusher in the league through five games."
With Chase Young seemingly weeks away from returning, can the Commanders afford to offload Toohill for a late-round pick?
While Toohill ranks second only to 49ers superstar Nick Bosa in pass-rush efficiency in terms of QB hit rate (five hits on just 43 pass-rushing snaps entering Week 6, per TruMedia), Efe Obada is fourth with six QB hits on 57 snaps, good for a 10.50%. hit rate.
Further, James Smith-Williams has been quietly productive, compiling 10 pressures, two sacks, four QB hits and seven defensive stops in five games.
When you couple all of those variables — with Jon Allen, Daron Payne and Montez Sweat performing like Pro Bowlers — shouldn’t Washington look to cash in on Toohill while his value is the highest its ever been (and maybe ever will be)?
It’s not like trading Toohill would leave the team shorthanded at edge rusher. More opportunities could be given to Shaka Toney. The old saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” might apply here, but you can certainly see the logic in the Commanders shopping Toohill, who’s never played more than 36% of the snaps in a season.