Jonathan Allen has been one of the Washington Commanders' best players since being drafted 17th overall at the 2017 NFL Draft. But being one of the franchise's better players doesn't mean much when the Commanders haven't done anything but lose over the last seven seasons.
Things have gotten to the point where Allen wouldn't mind a change in scenery. The 28-year-old defender told 106.7 The Fan on Monday that he's "1000%" open to being traded because the most important thing to him is to "want to win first and foremost."
While Eagles fans are used to seeing Allen sporting enemy colors, wouldn't it be nice to see him in some Philly green if he's truly serious about winning?
Eagles Trade Rumors: Jonathan Allen
If Allen is available this offseason, there's no doubt that general manager Howie Roseman should be blowing up the Commanders' phone.
After all, the Anniston, AL native isn't a slouch on the gridiron. He's a two-time Pro Bowl defender who's racked up 39.0 sacks, 220 solo tackles, and 56 tackles for lost yardage across 98 games since 2017. You can even argue that he's underrated and that he'd likely have more praise if he was playing in a bigger market like, I don't know, Philadelphia.
Besides, the Eagles have created a winning culture in less than a decade, highlighted by six winning seasons and a Super Bowl victory since 2017.
The Eagles' defensive line is already elite, but who'd pass up on the opportunity to make it even better? Adding Allen to a D-line that already includes names like Jalen Carter, Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, and Jordan Davis would be an absolute nightmare for opposing offenses.
With the Commanders likely rebuilding, chances are they'll only want draft picks in return for Allen. Fortunately, the Eagles own two first-round picks, three second-round selections, and a third-rounder in the next two NFL drafts, meaning there should be enough capital to get a deal done.
Besides, draft picks won't mean as much since Allen would help the Eagles remain competitive for the next few seasons due to his being signed through 2025. He is slated to carry a $21.5 million cap hit in 2024, but that isn't an issue given that Philadelphia has just over $28.6 million in cap space in 2024, per Spotrac.
With the majority of the Eagles' core signed for the next few years, chasing Allen is a no-brainer this offseason — whether Philly finishes the year with a Super Bowl win or not.
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