3 veteran Commanders players who could be traded in 2024

Could Adam Peters remove some veteran Commanders players from the equation?

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Commanders could (but shouldn't) trade Terry McLaurin

Before this section begins, we are not advocating for the Washington Commanders to trade Terry McLaurin. He's the heart and soul of this team right now. The wide receiver remains an ultra-consistent performer. His presence within the community is a testament to his high character and willingness to help others.

The NFL is a business above all else. Plenty of wide receivers have been involved in bombshell trades over recent years. The likes of Stefon Diggs, A.J. Brown, and Davante Adams weren't expected to depart from their current employers. But at the end of the day, everyone has a price.

Could the Commanders part ways with McLaurin if they receive a whopping trade offer? Perhaps. Even if the compensation is significant, the need to keep around their most established pass-catcher by a considerable margin far outweighs any draft assets despite this being an exceptionally deep class at the position.

This bears more significance if the Commanders end up taking a rookie quarterback at No. 2 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft as expected. Someone like Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, or Jayden Daniels would need a security blanket like McLaurin to smooth their transition. There's just no telling what impact his departure would have on their early development.

This would also need to be done post-June 1 given the financial ramifications. Trading McLaurin after this date saves the Commanders $18.5 million. But again, it would be absolutely out of the question if I was Adam Peters.