The Washington Commanders have made a move ahead of Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline. Washington agrees to send defensive end Montez Sweat to the Chicago Bears for a second-round pick, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
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— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 31, 2023
Sweat, 27, is in the final year of his rookie contract and leads the Commanders with 6.5 sacks in 2023. The Commanders had been fielding calls for Sweat and fellow defensive end Chase Young.
Sweat, a first-round pick in 2019, has 35.5 career sacks, and his career-high is nine, set in 2020. He is on pace to exceed that number in 2023.
Washington had preferred to extend Sweat, but the change in ownership stalled those plans. New owner Josh Harris took over the Commanders on July 20.
According to Adam Schefter, the second-round pick is in 2024.
Trade: Commanders and Bears have agreed to a trade that is expected to send DE Montez Sweat to the Chicago for a 2024 second-round pick, per sources. Sweat is in the last year of his contract, and the Commanders are opting for a draft pick now. Chicago beefs up its line. pic.twitter.com/Hd7jtqDtWY
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 31, 2023