Analyst urges Commanders to place established veteran on the trade block

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Adam Peters has been a busy man throughout his first offseason as Washington Commanders general manager. He's relished the challenge of regenerating everything across the franchise. He's also done it with a smile on his face and a steely determination that was sorely lacking previously.

People are starting to look at the Commanders differently as a result. This is a major positive after decades of being left to rot. However, the new front office leader will be the first to acknowledge it is just a small part of his rebuilding process.

Peters will be constantly assessing the roster throughout the weeks and months ahead. Everyone is fighting to cement their statuses or force their way up the depth chart. If those in power feel like more is needed, they won't hesitate to pull the trigger in pursuit of getting the Commanders back among the contenders.

Commanders urged to put Jonathan Allen on the trade block during camp

This could mean further departures are on the way before Week 1 at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. One NFL analyst believes Peters should start planning for the future by placing veteran defensive tackle Jonathan Allen on the trade block.

Alex Ballentine from The Bleacher Report thinks the Commanders have too much invested in their defensive line interior. Given Daron Payne's longer-term upside, removing Allen for a couple of picks would provide Peters with additional resources to build around rookie quarterback Jayden Daniels. Something that could also see second-round selection Johnny Newton come to the fore sooner than expected.

"There's something to be said for building through the trenches, but having that much money invested in the interior defensive line on a rebuilding roster might not be the best approach. Instead, the Commanders could look to maximize their return on a trade by putting [Jonathan] Allen on the trade block. With Adam Peters taking over as general manager, this current front office does not have any allegiance to the veteran, and he only has two seasons left on his current deal. With $18 million left in guarantees, the Commanders could look to trade him to free up cap space and bring back one or two draft picks. Washington filled out its roster with several veteran free agents on one-year contracts. The Commanders are going to need additional picks to find long-term solutions as they build around Jayden Daniels. Allen would be a useful interior pass-rusher for multiple teams. He has 22 sacks over the last three seasons."

Alex Ballentine, Bleacher Report

Speculation surrounding a trade for Allen has been prevalent throughout the offseason. The former first-round pick out of Alabama would have relished a move away just a few months ago as another season spiraled into oblivion under previous head coach Ron Rivera. Things look a lot different now.

Allen looks refocused and easy to help the Commanders progress. He's been impressed with the changes made and Dan Quinn's schematic demands. It's given the lineman a new lease of life - something that was desperately needed after frustrations boiled over frequently last time around.

Trading Allen has some benefits, especially if the Commanders begin the campaign poorly. It would be a bombshell of epic proportions if Peters decided to make him surplus to requirements before a competitive down was played.

The Commanders have already stated they won't be moving Allen. They see him as an important presence on the field and as one of the team's locker room leaders. Why this keeps coming up is anyone's guess, but never say never in the NFL.