While reports indicated the Commanders could look to trade some of their expiring contracts prior to the deadline, it sounds like at least one impending free agent is staying up. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, safety Kamren Curl isn’t expected to be “under consideration” as the organization sorts through potential trade options.
In fact, the Commanders are hoping Curl will stick in Washington beyond the 2023 season. According to Fowler, the Commanders are much more interested in extending the defensive back than trading him for draft assets.
Despite being selected in the seventh round of the 2020 draft, Curl has seen a significant role in Washington through his first three-plus seasons in the NFL. The Arkansas product started 25 of his 32 appearances through his first two seasons in the league before emerging as a full-time starter in 2022. Curl ultimately started all 12 of his appearances last season, finishing with 83 tackles and one sack.
In eight games this season, the 24-year-old has collected 65 tackles, one sack, and four passes defended. Pro Football Focus has Curl ranked 12th at the safety position among 87 qualifying players.
While Curl may be safe, two of his fellow defenders might find themselves on the way out of Washington. Defensive ends Montez Sweat and Chase Young have been popular in trade talks, with both former first-rounders set to hit free agency following the season.