Commanders have a healthy cap situation
Another reason why the Washington Commanders traded Montez Sweat and Chase Young before the 2023 deadline was the financial aspect. Both defensive ends were looking for big-money deals once their contracts expired next spring. Something Josh Harris' ownership group decided against considering the current state of affairs.
This has completely negated Washington's pass-rush since their departures. But what it has provided is financial flexibility to make the Commanders a more intriguing destination for candidates of interest once head coach Ron Rivera and general manager Martin Mayhew are deemed surplus to requirements.
According to Over the Cap, the Commanders boast $80.75 million in available funds currently. Once some cut candidates are confirmed and perhaps another trade or two occurs, Washington might have $100 million or more to spend with around 40 players under contract.
If a potential head coach needs a little more convincing, then looking at the salary-cap space could be enough to tip the scales. Especially considering the aforementioned draft capital at the Commanders' disposal in 2024.
The possibilities are endless with this kind of money. Spending wisely wasn't something previous owner Dan Snyder managed to accomplish. Harris plans to turn this around quickly as part of his methodical, analytics-based approach to building a contender.
That brings us to our next point…