Wednesday November 29, 2023

Commanders Owner Josh Harris Begins Remodeling Product on the Field

  • Commanders traded Chase Young and Montez Sweat ahead of Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline.
  • The team added more draft picks before what could be an offseason of change.
Josh Harris
Brent Skeen-USA TODAY Sports
Copy Link
Link Copied
Link Copied

It took Josh Harris 102 days to put his imprint on the Washington Commanders. 

Since Harris’ ownership group took control over the Commanders as the $6.05 billion deal officially closed on July 21, this season was about evaluating the whole organization. At 3-5 ahead of Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline, that meant trading two starting defensive ends — Chase Young and Montez Sweat — for draft picks.

Harris and others in the ownership group, along with the team’s front office, were in “full alignment” on those deals, a source with knowledge of the matter told Front Office Sports. 

“This was best to help build a team that can win over the long haul,” the source added. 

It wasn’t the kind of move that former owner Dan Snyder was known for during his 24 years as owner. Snyder, despite the team only making it to the playoffs six times during his troubled tenure, never fully put the team in rebuilding mode. 

But that’s where the Commanders are likely headed. 

Young netted the Commanders a third-round pick from the San Francisco 49ers, and Sweat was dealt to the Chicago Bears for a second-round pick. Both were in the final years of their contracts, and the picks the Commanders received were better than the compensatory ones the team would’ve gotten if they left as free agents. 

The team will enter the offseason with a projected $90 million cap space — and the changes could extend beyond the roster. Head coach Ron Rivera has one more season left on his contract and continues to have a say on player personnel, including Tuesday’s trades. 

Rivera is in his fourth season, and only a 7-9 2020 campaign was the Commanders’ only trip to the postseason since he arrived. He arguably had more control than any other coach on roster composition during Snyder’s reign, especially as Snyder faded into the background amid a series of investigations — including the one that led to his record $60 million fine as Harris secured the Commanders in July. 

Harris entered this season in evaluation mode from the condition of FedEx Field fan amenities in Maryland to the front office in Northern Virginia. 

The immediate needs of FedEx were addressed with $40 million in upgrades committed to FedEx. Building a new stadium and rebuilding the roster will take much longer. 

Copy Link
Link Copied
Link Copied

What to Read

David Tepper

David Tepper and the Problem of the Investor-Owner

Panthers are 30-63 under since Tepper bought the team.
Green Bay Packers tight end Tucker Kraft celebrates a touchdown against the Detroit Lions during the first half at Ford Field in Detroit on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2023.

Football Dominates Thanksgiving, With A Side Of Basketball

Fox got its highest viewership for college basketball ever.

Greg Olsen's Coaching Ambitions Could Shake Up Fox Sports' NFL Broadcasts

The current No. 1 analyst could be a candidate for a head coaching job with the Carolina Panthers.

Could Panthers' Ongoing Setbacks Lead To A Surprise Move?

The Panthers are searching for yet another head coach.
podcast thumbnail mobile
Front Office Sports Today

Report Claims Sports Illustrated Publishes AI-Generated Articles


Featured Today

Lane Kiffin

Ole Miss, Lane Kiffin Lawyers Argue for Dismissal of Player Lawsuit

FOS obtained audio of Lane Kiffin's interaction with the player behind lawsuit.
LSU Lady Tigers head coach Kim Mulkey reacts against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the NCAA Womens Basketball Final Four National Championship at American Airlines Center.
November 6, 2023

Who Is The Highest-Paid Women’s College Basketball Coach?

LSU rewarded Kim Mulkey after winning a national title after her second year leading the program.
The Pac-12’s Collapse Will Have Ripple Effects on College Basketball.
November 6, 2023

The Pac-12’s Collapse Will Have Ripple Effects on College Basketball

The existing Pac-12 host a college basketball season for the last time.
Favre Presley
November 3, 2023

Brett Favre Controversy Casts Shadow Over Mississippi Gubernatorial Race

Candidate Brandon Presley has made the scandal one of his talking points.


Powered By

Careers in Sports

Looking for a new job? Check out these featured listings and search for openings all over the world.
Multiple - USA Careers
Live Nation
Multiple - USA Careers
Saco Bay PT
Multiple - USA Careers

Oakland Baseball Goes From A's To B's

Baseball's independent Pioneer League placing team in Bay Area city.
November 27, 2023

Orioles Look Toward Simpler Plan To Finish Stadium Lease Deal

Talks reportedly turn toward potentially slimmed-down pact as deadline approaches.
A general view of Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.
November 27, 2023

Mets Owner's Major Hire Underscores Emphasis on Media Revenue

Cohen turns to Bloomberg Media executive to lead team's business operations.

USGA’s Amanda Weiner on Delivering
Personalized Fan Experiences with
 AI and Automation

How the USGA is using AI to streamline content creation and distribution.
November 27, 2023

League Sanctions Infuriate Everton Fans—and Complicate a $685M Sale

Fans protest unprecedented penalty from the Premier League.
November 21, 2023

Dolphins Owner Reportedly Exploring Minority Stake Sale

A deal would also include investment in Hard Rock Stadium.
November 21, 2023

A-Rod, Lore May Bring On Investment Firm To Complete Timberwolves Deal

The duo currently owns 40% of the NBA team.
November 20, 2023

Leeds United Sells Stake To Kraken Co-Owner In Push For EPL Return

The move extends the growing Americanization of the English club.