Commanders trade Jonathan Allen
Jonathan Allen was a frustrated figure throughout the 2023 season. He wasn't shy in voicing his opinions about another underwhelming campaign for the Washington Commanders under Ron Rivera. He's also made his desire for a potential move away known in no uncertain terms.
Allen made no secret of the fact he didn't want to be a part of yet another rebuild in Washington. At 29 years old, the former first-round pick out of Alabama is running out of time to clinch a Super Bowl. Something the Commanders look a long way from right now despite their renewed encouragement under a new regime.
Everything is a little raw currently. Allen said he would take time to decide his future this offseason. If the interior force on Washington's defensive front decides to take his chances elsewhere, his representatives will make their decision known to general manager Adam Peters.
This situation could go either way. Allen is under contract until 2026 and will count a combined $44.4 million against the salary cap over the next two seasons. Trading the lineman and primary leader within the locker room comes with substantial financial ramifications attached, but it could be an opportunity to further implement Peters' intentions to build through the draft.
If the right offer comes along for Allen and he goes through with an in-season threat to force his way out, the Commanders could maximize the player's value by dealing him with some good years left in the tank.