We’ve seen recently how trading for a high-profile quarterback in the NFL can pan out positively.
In January 2021, the Los Angeles Rams gave up two first-round picks, a third-round pick and quarterback Jared Goff to acquire longtime Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. Just over a year later, they won the Super Bowl.
Bleacher Report’s Brent Sobleski has laid out an interesting — yet absurd, as he put it — trade scenario in which the Washington Commanders could make a similar move to shift the direction of their rebranded franchise.
Which quarterback would the Commanders be trading for in this scenario? None other than the Kansas City Chiefs‘ Patrick Mahomes.
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Commanders Trade for Patrick Mahomes
“No bigger move can be made than trying to pry the game’s best quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, from the Kansas City Chiefs,” Sobleski wrote in a February 16 column. “Washington clearly has a significant need behind center, but Snyder & Co. would have to move heaven and earth and then some for Kansas City to even consider the possibility.”
Sobleski explained the minimal cap impact that a Mahomes trade would have on the Chiefs.
“In turn, the Chiefs made Mahomes the highest-paid player in NFL history when the quarterback signed a 10-year, $450 million contract extension last offseason,” Sobleski wrote. “Surprisingly, the Chiefs could theoretically move Mahomes by trading him after June 1 and only endure a $6.3 million salary-cap hit this coming season (with the same number over the next two years and $4.3 million in 2025).”
The biggest reason that this trade scenario would never come to fruition, as Sobleski wrote, is the draft capital Washington would require. The Commanders would have to offer much more than the three draft picks given up for Stafford. And, of course, Kansas City would have to be willing to part ways with their franchise quarterback.
Mahomes Not on Analyst’s Top 5 QB List
In other Mahomes-related news, former NFL linebacker and ESPN analyst Sam Acho named his top five quarterbacks on the February 17 episode of “First Take.” Mahomes’ conspicuous absence from the list caused Twitter backlash.
“People are gonna say what about Patrick Mahomes? Where is he? And I get that,” Acho said. “But the last time I saw Patrick Mahomes … he really was the reason they lost in that second half and in overtime against Cincinnati. That’s why at this moment in time, he’s not on my top five list.”
Twitter users reacted to Acho’s exclusion of Mahomes.
“I was flipping through sports channels & when I got to the 4 letter one, they put up a graphic of Sam Acho’s top 5 NFL quarterbacks and Patrick Mahomes wasn’t on it. I just can’t with ESPN lol,” one Twitter user wrote.
“Sam Acho is crazy I say we rate the analysts the way they rate the players. The way these analysts hate on the greatest QB in the league is unreal. He’ll just keep breaking records and pissing y’all off! He’s used to being shaded,” another user wrote.