If Washington is thinking about trading, Martin Mayhew won't be sharing

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If Washington is thinking about trading, Mayhew won't be sharing originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

As new general manager Martin Mayhew addressed the media on Wednesday, he fielded plenty of questions relating to the topic of trading.

It makes sense, as veteran quarterbacks like Deshaun Watson and Derek Carr continue to be a part of the rumor mill and the Washington Football Team needs help at the position. People were curious as to what Washington was looking for if it were to trade for a QB? Is it willing to give up a large amount of capital in return for a passer? What did the Matthew Stafford trade show him?

Mayhew most likely had opinions on each of these questions, but the last thing he was going to do was show his cards too early. From his days of working in the front office with the Detroit Lions, he learned it's better to keep things on the down-low. 

“The more you would talk about compensation or who you would give or what you would do, the less people want to do business with you," Mayhew said.

“As far as talking about trades, I don’t really do that," Mayhew said.

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It's a trait team president Jason Wright was pleased to see. He took to Twitter to state that it was one of the lines that stood out to him during the press conference.

Mayhew's approach isn't out of the ordinary, as the goal for every front office is to keep information bottled up. The more that finds its way to the public, the harder it is for a team to get something done without other variables impacting it. If Mayhew let everyone know he thought the Stafford trade involved too much from the Rams, it would directly change potential negotiations with another team.

So as the offseason progresses, Washington may continue to get involved with trades across the league. Yet, what exactly is going on and what the plan is won't be known, and that just means Mayhew, Ron Rivera, Marty Hurney and company are doing their jobs correctly.