After the first couple days of the legal tampering period, one thing became abundantly clear: the Washington Commanders weren’t going to be big spenders.
Yes, the Carson Wentz trade forced them into that corner, but the cap space left over from the deal was always going to be used on re-signing starters and key depth pieces as opposed to splurging on one or two high-profile free agents.
Among all the signings/re-signings the Commanders have made thus far (Andrew Norwell, JD McKissic, Bobby McCain, Cam Sims, Danny Johnson, etc) McCain signed for the most guaranteed money at $5.7 million.
While splash moves nab the most headlines, it’s cost-effective business like this that help cultivate a winning culture. After all, what good is signing a player if he jumps at the first opportunity to find another home?
In keeping up with this trend, the Commanders signed veteran swing tackle Cornelius Lucas to a two-year deal on Thursday. It’s another depth signing for Washington, and one that will get glossed over by the national media.
However, the 30-year-old offensive lineman did his best to become a talking point by dropping a hilarious quote about his free agency experience.
Cornelius Lucas was full of jokes after re-signing with the Commanders.
“But everyone was faking and booty-shaking . . . ” Did we say hilarious? Sorry, that didn’t give Lucas nearly enough credit. Epic or legendary would’ve been a more accurate description of the Kansas State product’s quote.
Unlike McKissic, who had verbally agreed to a two-year deal with Buffalo before Washington submitted an offer before the start of the new league year last Wednesday, it seems like Lucas had more trouble garnering interest.
We get the sense Lucas had multiple suitors, but either never received an offer or got low-balled, which would be pretty shocking given the Dolphins and Bills, two of free agency’s most aggressive teams, were said to be in the mix.
Either way, Lucas is back in Washington. Not only is that great for the team’s on-field product, but it’s good news for the media and fans, because the eight-year pro almost always delivers memorable quotes during press conferences.
This next one doesn’t quite top “faking and booty-shaking,” but it’s a pretty descriptive encapsulation of the lifestyle Lucas plans to live with his newly-minted two-year, $8.2 million contract. Get a load of this.
The key word there is “trajectory.” No need to worry about Lucas letting himself go during the offseason. Until he retires, he’ll remain committed to his craft, which consists of being one of the best swing tackles in the game.
When Lucas hangs up his cleats, though, we see plenty of piña coladas, tropical islands and expensive sports cars in his future.
In all seriousness, this was yet another nice piece of business for Washington. With OL injuries being inevitable in today’s NFL, Lucas’ ability to fill in at either tackle position in a pinch makes him an invaluable member of the roster.
Re-signing him wasn’t a must, but it was pretty darn important, so credit to everyone involved for getting it done. And credit to Lucas for giving fans another reason to smile after the news was reported.