Jonathan Allen - Commanders DT
Another veteran presence who's cut a forlorn figure this season is Jonathan Allen. Unlike Terry McLaurin, the statements coming from the defensive tackle haven't been positive. Something that's led to speculation the Washington Commanders and their former first-round selection could go their separate ways.
Allen is tired of losing. He's experienced nothing but underachievement and proverbial chaos since being drafted. The one-time Alabama college star hinted he'll think long and hard about his future this offseason. If the player and his representatives conclude a fresh start is needed, then some difficult conversations with those in newfound positions of power will commence.
When Allen is firing on all cylinders, he's one of the league's best interior presences on the defensive front. It was a down year in 2023 by his typically high standards. However, this could be down to the team's struggles and a lack of self-motivation in the face of abject misery.
Interest from willing suitors wouldn't be long arriving if the Commanders began taking calls for Allen. Every contending team is looking for that one piece to get them over the hump. There are also financial ramifications to consider when examining the prospect of removing such a prominent leader from the equation.
Trading Allen before June 1 comes with $12 million in dead cap and $9.5 million in savings attached. After that date, the dead money is $6 million with $15.5 million saved. Much will also depend on the compensation involved, but his name will come up in trade rumors this offseason.