Texans could call Commanders about Chase Young or Montez Sweat
Hiring DeMeco Ryans as their new head coach already looks like a masterstroke by the Houston Texans. Going against the grain with a defensive-minded figurehead was a contentious issue among fans despite his blossoming reputation, but it's already reaped some hefty rewards through the opening seven weeks of the campaign.
C.J. Stroud - the No. 2 overall selection in the 2023 NFL Draft - looks like a franchise quarterback. They also made a big investment in defensive end Will Anderson Jr., surging up to No. 3 overall to secure the Alabama product's services.
This means they might have to find alternative methods of bolstering the opposite side of their edge with no first-rounder to call upon next spring. Jonathan Greenard is serviceable but no more than that - so trading for either Montez Sweat or Chase Young would be an immediate upgrade.
Houston also has $86.22 million in available salary-cap space in 2024, so they could easily work out a long-term deal with either stud pass-rusher in this scenario. Something the Washington Commanders might not be able to afford unless a compromise can be reached.
According to Jordan Schultz from The Bleacher Report, the Commanders are supposedly seeking a second or third-round pick in return. For a team that appears to be on the cusp of something special, it's a small price to pay if Young or Sweat have an immediate impact.