4 Commanders role players on course for contract extensions in 2023
By Jerry Trotta
1. Joey Slye, K
Remember the dark days of Chris Blewitt’s reign as Washington’s licker? Slye is superman alone for saving fans from that debacle. The standards were as low as can be when he arrived last season, but he’s reinvented the bar for himself with a splendid run of form.
After drilling all 12 of his field goals and 9-of-10 extra points in six games last campaign, Slye’s once again been a rock for Washington. He’s tied for 10th in field goal percentage among kickers who’ve attempted at least 20 field goals, and his 90.5% conversion rate on point-afters is nothing to sneeze at either.
Slye’s 58-yarder in t he upset win over Philly gave Washington a six-point going into halftime, and ranks as the fourth-longest made FG this season.
In that game alone, Slye was a perfect 4-for-4 on field goals and 2-for-2 on XPs. He’s been instrumental in a handful of victories this year, and was awarded Special Teams Player of the Month for November honors after leading all kickers in field goals made (10), field goal percentage (100.0) and total points (37).
A free agent to be in 2023, the Commanders would be out of their minds not to offer the Virginia Tech product a multi-year contract BEFORE the legal tampering period, when he’s allowed to negotiate with other teams.