Former first-round draft pick William Jackson III appears to be headed out the Washington Commanders’ door.

The 29-year-old cornerback allegedly wants out of Washington and it appears the Commanders are open to the idea.

The Commanders are reportedly engaged in trade talks at the moment although it was not mentioned what NFL team. However, there are reportedly multiple teams interested in getting the former first-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Jackson was ruled out in the Commanders’ game against the Chicago Bears due to an apparent back injury. He was also pulled out in Washington’s game against the Tennessee Titans, the same time the native of Texas claimed he had a back injury.

When asked to comment, head coach Ron Rivera explained that they made decisions based on the flow of their game.

“We just decided to make a change . . . We make decisions based on the flow of the game,” the Commanders’ coach stated.

Jackson spent five years with the Bengals since 2016. He signed a three-year $40.5 million deal with the Commanders in 2021.

However, the former Houston Cougar expressed disappointment in his role on defense with Washington. He reportedly wanted to be the assigned man who would cover the wide receivers of opposing teams rather than playing zone coverage.

Now, Jackson is hoping that he moves to a new team who can put him to better use. As of this writing, the Commanders have yet to seal a deal with any NFL team.

Before looking ahead, there are things to consider. There is the matter of his salary. The fact that he is making $13 million a year may make Jackson a hard player to move – especially considering he has not exactly proven to be worth that investment.

The NFL trade deadline is set for November 1.

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William Jackson III Getty Images | Scott Taetsch

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