4 moves that could save the Commanders over $50 million on 2023 cap

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Commanders could trade Charles Leno Jr.

  • Cap savings – $8 million

There could be plenty of player turnover across the offensive line in readiness for the 2023 season. The Washington Commanders lacked consistency in this key area of the field last time around, which didn’t do whoever was under center any favors and also made things difficult for the running game to firmly establish against some prolific defenses throughout the campaign.

Having veteran savviness along the protection is something the Commanders can seek in free agency. They might also examine some top college prospects with a view to taking one at No. 16 overall.

What this means for Charles Leno Jr.’s future in Washington remains to be seen. The edge protector gave up eight sacks and conceded four penalties from 1,189 snaps in 2022 en route to a creditable 71.9 grade from Pro Football Focus, which could lead to a reprieve for depth if nothing else.

Leno could stick around if the Commanders cannot find the necessary reinforcements. Although he’s now 32 years old, trading the player is also a possibility if another team shows interest.

The former seventh-round pick out of Boise State can be efficient and should improve with better options around him. But the $8 million savings involved with a trade gives Washington financial flexibility and gets them a potential mid-to-late-round selection in return.