Trade Proposal Has Commanders Deal $72 Million Defensive Tackle

When the Washington Commanders selected Illinois defensive tackle Jer'Zhan Newton early in the second round of the 2024 NFL Draft, they received first-round quality at second-round rates.  

According to Terence Watson of Commander Country, Newton appears to be a clear replacement for longtime Washington defensive tackle Jonathan Allen, who inked a four-year, $72 million contract extension in July 2021.  

Watson feels that if Newton demonstrates the ability to develop into a Pro Bowl player, like Allen has, Allen may become disposable sooner rather than later via trade.  

Especially after Allen expressed dissatisfaction with the franchise in 2023.   "Whenever you have a disgruntled player on the roster and a new coach and defensive scheme coming in … things don't always work out for the player   

"This could be what eventually happens to Allen; Quinn came in and drafted another three-tech defensive tackle in Jer'Zhan Newton … a player with — on paper — the same size, quickness, and play style as Allen."Jonathan Allen has been one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL.  

It's a massive praise for Watson to compare Newton to Allen, who has spent over a decade as one of the NFL's greatest interior defensive linemen on some fairly bad teams.  

Allen was taken as the 17th overall choice out of Alabama in 2017 after being voted SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2016. He has appeared in two Pro Bowls, in 2021 and 2022  

Allen has had at least 50 tackles and 5.5 sacks in six of his seven seasons, including a career best 9.0 sacks in 2021.

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