Commanders trade DE Montez Sweat to Bears for 2024 second-round draft pick

Defensive end Montez Sweat was selected in the first round of the 2019 draft and immediately became a staple of Washington’s defense. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)Hours before the NFL’s trade deadline on Tuesday, the Commanders agreed to send veteran defensive end Montez Sweat to the Chicago Bears in exchange for a 2024 second-round draft pick, according to multiple people with knowledge of the deal., when healthy, consisted of all first-round picks.

The Commanders will save approximately $6.3 million in salary cap space this year from Sweat’s remaining salary, according to the contracts website Spotrac, and they now have eight draft picks next year to continue to build out the roster.

Trading Sweat is the first major personnel decision of Harris’s tenure, but such a move became a possibility before he took over the team. The Commanders. Keeping both Sweat and fellow defensive end Chase Young would have been difficult without handcuffing the roster. (Payne and Allen alone account for more than $43 million in cap room in 2024. headtopics.com

The deal fills a glaring pass-rushing need for the Bears, whose 10 sacks are the fewest in the league. But they weren’t the only team interested in trading for Sweat. The Falcons also made an offer days before the deadline, according to two people familiar with the matter.The Commanders will probably get back a high second-round pick from Chicago, given the Bears’ play this season and their 2-6 record thus far.

Washington selected Sweat with the 26th pick in the 2019 draft, giving up two second-round picks to the Indianapolis Colts to jump back into the first round to get him. Sweat (6-foot-6, 260 pounds) set an NFL combine record for defensive linemen with a 4.41-second 40-yard dash. He also boasted one of the longest wingspans (84 ¾ inches) for his position.In his 67 career games for Washington, Sweat totaled 35.5 sacks, 85 quarterback hits, 11 batted passes and nine forced fumbles. headtopics.com

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