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3 ideal trade destinations for Washington Football Team offensive tackle Morgan Moses

Vincent Frank

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Washington Football Team right tackle Morgan Moses has been among the most underrated at his position since the Virginia product entered the NFL as a third-round pick back in 2014.

Moses, 30, has started all 16 games each of the past six seasons while playing at a near Pro Bowl level each year. According to Pro Football Focus, Moses ranked as the sixth-best right tackle in the entire NFL during the 2020 campaign.

That’s why it’s a surprise that Washington has given the veteran permission to seek a trade. The team just recently signed left tackle Charles Leno and selected Samuel Cosmi in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Apparently, it doesn’t view Morgan Moses as an important part of the organization’s future.

Boasting a cap hit of a mere $7.5 million for an acquiring team, there’s going to be interest in the veteran right tackle on the trade block. Below, we look at three ideal landing spots.

Morgan Moses to the Pittsburgh Steelers

Morgan Moses would help protect an immobile Ben Roethlisberger.
Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is sacked by Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler, Jr. (56) in the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Jaguars won 30-9. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

The departure of Pro Bowl left tackle Alejandro Villanueva to the division rival Baltimore Ravens is going to impact the immobile Ben Roethlisberger under center. General manager Kevin Colbert ignoring the tackle position until the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft doesn’t help, either.

Right now, former third-round pick Chukwuma Okorafor would likely protect Big Ben’ blindside. He’s started 19 games in three NFL seasons — all at right tackle. While Okorafor has upside, projected starting right tackle Zach Banner leaves a lot to be desired. Adding Morgan Moses to the right side for a mid-round pick could make sense for Pittsburgh.

Morgan Moses to the Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals trade for Morgan Moses
Oct 4, 2020; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team offensive tackle Morgan Moses (76) prepares to block Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Matt Judon (99) during the second half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona was yet another team that surprisingly ignored offensive tackle during the 2021 NFL Draft. In fact, general manager Steve Keim selected just one offensive lineman in the entire event in the form of center Michal Menet (seventh round). Sure Kyler Murray is as mobile as they come, but pass protection has failed in front of him over the past two seasons.

D.J. Humphries is solid at left tackle. He’ll be just fine. However, finding an upgrade over veteran right tackle Kelvin Beachum could make sense. Perhaps, that might come in the form of former third-round pick Josh Jones from Houston. However, he’s as inexperienced as they come and primarily played left tackle in college. It’s in this that Moses could make sense.

Morgan Moses to the New York Jets

New York Jets trade for Morgan Moses
May 7, 2021; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson during rookie minicamp. Mandatory Credit: New York Jets/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

New Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur runs a zone-blocking scheme dating back to his days with the San Francisco 49ers. At 330 pounds, Moses might not seem like an ideal fit. However, that’s just on the surface. Look at how good a similarly-framed Trent Williams played in his first season with the 49ers before signing an historic contract earlier this offseason.

In need of more pass protection in front of rookie No. 2 pick Zach Wilson, Moses would make a ton of sense for New York. He’d be an immediate upgrade over George Fant at right tackle and give Wilson a productive pass protector as the rookie makes the transition from college ball. It almost makes too much sense.