Chase Roullier has inked a four-year extension with the Washington Football Team.
The old adage is that continuity on the offensive line is a good thing. The Washington Football Team locked up some of that at the center position on Saturday afternoon.
The team announced via their official website that they had signed center Chase Roullier to a four-year extension. Roullier was set to be a free agent after the season, so getting him signed long-term ahead of the final week of the regular season was a great move.
Roullier was a sixth-round pick of Washington back in 2017 in the sixth round with the 199th pick, the same spot Tom Brady was taken over two decades ago. Roullier has been an effective starter for Washington, as he took over for an injured Spencer Long during his rookie season and made seven starts.
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Since then, Roullier has started 45 of 48 games for Washington and the three he didn’t play in were due to minor injuries. He is a rock-solid blocker that has improved every year and at just 27 years old, he still has a lot of good football left in him. Plus, he has played 100 percent of the team’s offensive snaps this season, so he is very reliable.
Even though Washington did draft center Keith Ismael in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, it was smart for the team to re-sign Roullier, as he is a more proven commodity than the young backup center.
Roullier, along with Brandon Scherff and Morgan Moses, has created a strong right side of the line for Washington while Cornelius Lucas and Wes Schweitzer have held their own on the left side of the line. By re-signing Roullier, Washington will now have four returning starters on the O-Line with only Scherff’s status to be determined.
We’ll soon know the terms of Roullier’s deal, but given that he is one of the better centers in the NFL, the deal is probably a good one for Washington. So long as they didn’t overpay for Roullier’s services, this was a good move, especially considering the cap space the team has to spend this offseason.
Roullier’s presence will be huge for Washington, especially if they move on to another quarterback option during the 2021 offseason. Even if the starter at QB is different, half of the QB-center battery will be ready to go.
UPDATE: According to Ben Standig of The Athletic, Roullier’s deal is worth $40.5 million. That’s a solid deal for Roullier’s services.