Washington only has 2 players they can’t trade, probably

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Washington only has 2 players they can’t trade, probably originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Washington Football team should aggressively be looking to trade for quarterbacks Deshaun Watson or Matthew Stafford. 

That means Ron Rivera's team should look at creative ways to make the moves work, whether that means draft picks or players.

Washington, however, should not be willing to include young players Terry McLaurin or Chase Young.

Everyone else - errybody - should be available. 

Watson is a megastar, is just 25-years-old and is under contract until 2026. Trading him might be impossible for Houston, but if the Texans are to make a move, it would require a major haul in compensation. 

So could that mean three first-round picks and Montez Sweat? That's doable. 

So could that mean three first-round picks and Chase Young? Hang up the phone. 

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Sweat is a beast and Washington doesn't want to lose him, but not having a quarterback creates a giant void for the entire organization. Watson could fill that void. 

The interesting part with Young and McLaurin is that losing either player would create a void too, not fill a different need. Both players are on rookie contracts, yet both got voted captain in 2020. Both players exude leadership and are proving to be elite at their position on the field. 

Trading for Stafford won't cost as much as Watson, and maybe the debt could be paid using just draft capital. But if Detroit wants the No. 19 overall pick and a young defensive linemen, Washington should further that discussion. 

There's some tough realities coming for Washington on its defensive line in the next few years. Rivera - and the new front office bosses in Martin Mayhew and Marty Hurney - can't pay everybody.

Jonathan Allen is slated for free agency in 2022, then Tim Settle, Matt Ioannidis and likely Daron Payne in 2023. That doesn't even take into account contracts that Young and Sweat will command down the road either. 

That defensive line is the strength of this Washington team, and should the Burgundy and Gold have to trade a player, that's where they can wheel and deal. 

Where they can't? McLaurin and Young.