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Commanders DE K.J. Henry recruiting one of the NFL’s top pass rushers to Washington

After trading away Montez Sweat and Chase Young at the NFL trade deadline in October, outside of one game, the Washington Commanders failed to apply pressure on opposing passers throughout the second half of the season.

Young and Sweat’s departures did allow younger players, such as rookie K.J. Henry and Andre Jones Jr., to receive significant reps last season. Henry, a fifth-round pick from Clemson, had some impressive moments. He appeared in 10 games, making three starts. He finished his rookie season with 19 tackles, including four loss and 1.5 sacks.

But while Henry looks to have a nice future in Washington, the Commanders need some help to apply pressure on opposing passers under new coach Dan Quinn.

The good news for Washington is there is some depth at edge rusher in free agency. The two top pass rushers, Josh Allen (Jaguars) and Brian Burns (Panthers), are expected to be franchise tagged. Both will cost a lot, but the Commanders have the cap room — if one becomes available.

Carolina has been trying to come to an agreement with Burns on an extension but stopped contract talks at the NFL combine as the two sides remain far apart.

Henry, knowing the Commanders need some additional help in getting after the quarterback, is looking to recruit Burns to Washington.

Burns never acknowledged Henry’s tweet, which is not a surprise. There’s a good chance Burns becomes available this offseason but via trade. It’s doubtful Washington GM Adam Peters parts with multiple draft picks for a veteran player who he still must sign to a top-of-the-market deal.

Burns would solve several problems for the Commanders, though.

Story originally appeared on Commanders Wire