NFL writer's trade claim bizarrely ignores major Commanders addition

This one looks like a non-starter.
Adam Peters
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Adam Peters wasted no time solving a significant complication this offseason. The Washington Commanders got almost nothing from their linebacking corps after the position became devalued by previous head coach Ron Rivera. After a flurry of activity throughout the recruitment period, things look more promising.

The Commanders prioritized their defensive second level. Peters got some immediate difference-makers in free agency. They also picked up improved depth pieces capable of making their presence felt on special teams. In rookie Jordan Magee, those in power believe they've found a development project capable of filling the void long-term.

This took the linebacker room from a weak link to one of the team's strongest units, on paper at least. That didn't stop Enzo Flojo of Clutch Points from touting a surprising trade in this newly improved area of the field.

The NFL writer named Tremaine Edmunds as a veteran piece who could offer something different to the Commanders. Flojo also claimed the Chicago Bears might be receptive to the right offer given his underwhelming first campaign with the franchise.

"[Tremaine] Edmunds was expected to be a cornerstone of the Bears' defense. Now, playing under defensive coordinator Eric Washington, Edmunds has familiarity with the system. However, his performance last season did not justify his $18 million salary. Recall that he struggled in coverage and was outperformed by newcomer T.J. Edwards. Edmunds' versatility and playmaking ability would be invaluable to the Commanders. They need a dynamic presence in their linebacking corps. His quick diagnostic skills and sideline-to-sideline range would significantly enhance their defense. Moreover, Edmunds' leadership and command on the field would provide a steadying influence on a young team. Acquiring Edmunds would not only strengthen the Commanders' defense but also give them a foundational player to build around for the future."

Enzo Flojo, Clutch Points

Flojo thought the Commanders needed someone dynamic in their linebacker room. He ignored the presence of Frankie Luvu, who's got the potential to provide that and a lot more following his free-agent switch from the Carolina Panthers.

Luvu's relentless motor, supreme explosiveness, and exceptional instincts will help the Commanders tremendously. His outstanding growth over the last two years went overlooked thanks to the Panthers' failings overall. Peters recognized the potential and the player turned down offers from elsewhere to play in Dan Quinn's creative defensive system.

There's a lot to like about Edmunds' ability to bounce back from a disappointing campaign in 2023. The Bears made a substantial investment to prise him from the Buffalo Bills. It would be a surprise to see general manager Ryan Poles give up on him after just one season.

These factors make any trade a non-starter from the Commanders' perspective. They've worked hard to enhance their options behind the defensive front. Bobby Wagner and Luvu are a formidable-looking duo. Their presence also allows Jamin Davis to be deployed creatively by Quinn and defensive coordinator Joe Whitt Jr.

Washington has far greater needs than finding another high-priced linebacker for their collection. The offensive line has concerns aplenty. Rookie quarterback Jayden Daniels needs another productive weapon in the passing game. The Commanders' outside cornerback options must prove their worth.

Edmunds can play. But that won't be for the Commanders anytime soon.