Commanders-Seahawks trade alters 2023 NFL Draft.

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In NFL free agency, the Washington Commanders have been relatively active so far. One of their greatest moves was re-signing defensive tackle Daron Payne to a mammoth four-year, $90 million contract.

After that, Washington began to address the other personnel needs.

A number of new players have been added to the offensive line to improve its strength.

Nick Gates, formerly of the New York Giants, was acquired to strengthen the offensive line's interior, and Andrew Wylie was brought in to shore up the right tackle position. 

 The team also added depth at the center position by re-signing Tyler Larsen.
Jacoby Brissett's signing generated the most buzz among fans.

Brissett is the epitome of professionalism; he can either start games and keep a club afloat, or he can serve as an outstanding backup.

It appears that he will contend with Sam Howell for the starting position. The Commanders announced earlier in the summer that Howell would be their opening day starter for the 2023 season.


Of course there are risks involved with handing the team over to a fifth-round pick, which is perhaps why a high-caliber backup like Brissett was brought in.

 But would the Commanders take a gamble on a quarterback with a higher upside if it meant improving their chances of signing him?

This trade with the Seahawks of Seattle would provide them a great opportunity to do just that. 

The Commanders would trade the No. 16 and No. 118 picks in the 2023 NFL Draft and a 2024 first-round pick to the Seahawks for the No. 5 pick in 2024.

Assuming the draft order holds, the first four picks may all be quarterbacks, making that transaction extremely risky. 

Worst case scenario for the Commanders would be to make a huge trade to get one of the best prospects like Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud, Anthony Richardson, or Will Levis.