8 Commanders players that might be traded before the 2023 deadline

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Commanders might trade Curtis Samuel

Some tough decisions await the Washington Commanders heading into the trade deadline and once the 2023 season comes to a conclusion. A number of proven locker room figures are looking for contract extensions and with only so much money to go around, the franchise is in danger of losing some valuable contributors for nothing unless they get proactive.

One player who fits into this particular category is Curtis Samuel. The gifted wide receiver has gone about his business impressively this season, benefitting greatly from a more expansive role within Eric Bieniemy's scheme and being utilized all over the field to maximize a varied skill set.

Samuel is the team's second-highest financial commitment in 2023 on the final year of his deal, counting $13 million on the salary cap. Something that might lead the front office to become receptive if a decent offer comes along.

Teams around the league are always looking to bolster their pass-catching options. Samuel's unique athletic traits and his ability to create separation consistently would no doubt intrigue, even if it would leave the Commanders short of dependable weapons with Jahan Dotson going through a sophomore slump.

This would also end Samuel's long association with head coach Ron Rivera which began with the Carolina Panthers and continued in Washington. However, it's unlikely the Commanders would move the wideout unless it was compensation they couldn't refuse.