3 realistic scenarios after Commanders franchise tag Daron Payne

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Commanders tag and trade Daron Payne

This is the most drastic measure on the list. But one that warrants consideration nonetheless.

If the Washington Commanders get word from Daron Payne’s representatives that he won’t play on the franchise tag and the team cannot reach an agreement regarding a long-term deal, trading the defensive lineman becomes more realistic. Even if that represents a last resort.

As stated previously, Payne would have been a hot commodity in free agency. So if the Commanders did put feelers out that he could be traded at the right price, there should be plenty of interest considering his recent upward trajectory.

This would allow the Commanders to acquire additional draft capital to reinforce other areas. In turn, Payne’s departure could allow Phidarian Mathis a chance to showcase his skills after the second-round pick’s rookie campaign ended abruptly due to injury.

Again, if the Commanders could avoid this from coming to fruition, it would greatly help their cause. However, until both sides come to an agreement on a new contract, trading the player remains on the table.

It’s a fluid situation and the Commanders do have the spare resources beyond 2023 to get a deal done. So hopes are high that Payne can become a key component to any future success.

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