The Kansas City Chiefs, like most teams in the NFL, could use another quality defensive lineman in 2023.
Several mock drafts have the Chiefs taking a defensive lineman in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft.
But could trading for a defensive lineman be a better option?
CBS Sports recently named Kansas City as a logical landing spot for Washington Commanders defensive lineman Montez Sweat, a first-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Sweat is coming off a season in which he set a career-high in tackles for loss (14) and quarterback hits (28). He also had eight sacks, just shy of his career-high of nine.
From CBS Sports: In an ideal world, Sweat would build on a promising pass-rushing resume to earn a mega extension in Washington. But the Commanders are already paying top dollar to fellow D-linemen Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen, and Chase Young is also onboard. With 29 sacks in five seasons and a career-high 28 QB hits in 2022, he could fetch premium compensation (potentially for a future QB splash) even entering a contract year. His departure would also save Washington an immediate $11.5M.
It doesn’t appear that Washington is currently shopping Sweat, but the Commanders should probably consider it.
Washington almost certainly won’t be extending Sweat. They could consider franchise-tagging the former Mississippi Standout next offseason and then trading him, but they might be able to get a better return by trading him ahead of the 2023 NFL Draft.
Sweat would be a nice addition for the Chiefs. And he’d help bolster the defense so Patrick Mahomes doesn’t always have to be the hero.