Could a Washington wide receiver be on the trade market?

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Bryan Manning
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The Washington Football Team entered the 2021 offseason intending to upgrade the wide receiver position. In the first wave of free agency, the Football Team signed both Curtis Samuel and Adam Humphries.

After the addition of Samuel and Humphries, WFT now has a solid trio of receivers. Washington’s No. 1 wide receiver, Terry McLaurin, is on the verge of superstardom despite lackluster quarterback play and a true threat opposite of him through the first two years of his career.

Washington’s No. 2 receiver in 2020 was running back J.D. McKissic. Tight end Logan Thomas came in third on the team in receptions. Cam Sims, who caught 32 passes, was the team’s second-best wide receiver in 2020.

Could Sims now be on the block after the signings of Samuel and Humphries?

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports recently speculated that Sims could be a sleeper to be dealt with so many teams in desperate need of wide receivers.

Cam Sims is just 25, making just $2.2M this season on a team that just invested in a veteran slot guy in Adam Humphries and a young do-everything-from-every position receiver in Curtis Samuel. Oh, and Washington has two of the better pass-catching running backs in the NFL on its roster, and this regime did not bring Sims in as an undrafted free agent; they inherited him. He averaged 15 yards per catch and a sparkling 7.8 yards after the catch/reception, second among all NFL receivers. He also caught five balls or more in four of his last six games and seven for 104 yards in a playoff loss (yeah, he had a big drop, too, but did catch a solid 68 percent of his targets in 2020 from less-than-sterling QBs).

Sims is under a one-year contract in 2021 after signing his restricted free-agent tender in March.

The fourth-year wideout is under a reasonable contract for the upcoming season, which gives Washington no incentive to move him. However, Washington does return Kelvin Harmon next season after he missed 2020 with a knee injury.

Of course, if a team offers real value for Sims in the 2021 NFL draft, it could prove too enticing to keep him.