Commanders could trade Jonathan Allen to the Chiefs
This almost wouldn't be fair.
The Kansas City Chiefs have a little more than $50 million in salary-cap space available in 2024 with 36 players under contract. Their step back this season can be placed largely down to the lack of pass-catchers at Patrick Mahomes' disposal, but the team's defensive unit continues to make encouraging strides under Steve Spagnuolo.
Whether the Chiefs would consider making another bold splash to fortify this group further is anyone's guess. Good teams consistently challenging in the postseason never stand still, so pairing Jonathan Allen with Chris Jones - if the latter signs an extension - would give them arguably the best defensive tackle tandem anywhere in the league.
One could argue that the Chiefs need to spend the money they have on providing Mahomes with better options at the skill positions. However, this is a deep class of wideouts emerging from the college ranks, so identifying a prospect or two and sorting a trade with the Washington Commanders for Allen has obvious benefits.
To say Allen would welcome this move represents a huge understatement. He's desperate to join a winning organization with a legitimate chance of contending - something the Commanders might not be able to accomplish during his prime years.
Kansas City will always be in the mix as long as Mahomes is under center. And it's the sort of win-now trade perennial Super Bowl hopefuls normally give serious thought.