4 players the Commanders should hold off giving new deals in 2023

(Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports) Chase Young
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Which players should the Washington Commanders hold off giving new deals in 2023?

The Washington Commanders narrowly missed out on the playoffs in 2022, but they have the resources available to make further strides next time around. Those in power can clear upwards of $50 million in salary-cap space with early releases and contract restructures, which would allow them to become big players in the free-agent market with an abundance of talent available.

This should do their chances of making a bold claim for the competitive NFC East a tremendous amount of good. Providing they get the right reinforcements into the franchise, obviously.

The Commanders also face some difficult decisions surrounding those currently on the roster. Da’Ron Payne is the key player that needs to be retained, with others potentially looking for extensions ahead of time.

On this topic, we picked out four players whom the Commanders should hold off giving new deals during the 2023 offseason.

Player No. 1

(Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) Bobby McCain /

Bobby McCain – Commanders DB

There was a lot to like about Bobby McCain’s production at times in 2022. However, consistency is sometimes an issue and his lack of production in coverage indicates the Washington Commanders might not give him a new deal before the time comes.

McCain has one year remaining on his deal, so holding off might bring about an increased sense of urgency if nothing else. Whether that’s enough for the former fifth-round pick to raise his game is another matter.