3 last-ditch trades the Commanders could make before 2023 deadline

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What last-ditch trades could the Washington Commanders consider before this afternoon's crucial deadline at 4 p.m. Eastern Time?

The Washington Commanders have some big decisions to make in the coming hours regarding current playing personnel. It promises to be frantic across the NFL before the trade deadline, with some moves already coming to light heading into the 4 p.m. Eastern Time cut-off point.

Washington is currently standing at 3-5 with a daunting run of games down the stretch. It doesn't seem likely they'll mount any sort of wildcard challenge, which might lead those in power to part ways with some established figures in the hope of extracting maximum value to build for the future.

Some fans have questioned whether Ron Rivera should be tasked with handling such responsibilities with his own job prospects hanging in the balance. The head coach hasn't spoken publicly about any moves, but he did acknowledge on Monday there might be something to talk about later this evening.

With this in mind, here are three trades the Commanders could make before the 2023 deadline this Halloween afternoon.

Commanders could trade some expiring contracts

According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, the Washington Commanders are focusing their attention on trying to remove some expiring contracts. There are a number of key figures on the lookout for new deals next spring and despite having $91.5 million in available salary-cap space, it might not be feasible to keep everyone happy.

Names like Curtis Samuel, Kendall Fuller, and Antonio Gibson have all been linked with trades without anything concrete emerging. Fowler added that the Commanders would rather keep star safety Kamren Curl, who is due an extension after far exceeding expectations as a seventh-round selection.