4 Commanders players that shouldn’t be back in 2023
By Dean Jones
Trai Turner – Commanders OL
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that big changes could be coming to the offensive line this spring. If the Washington Commanders are intent on giving quarterback Sam Howell a legitimate chance to start, then they must solidify the protection in pursuit of the signal-caller thriving throughout his sophomore campaign in 2023.
While this would be largely welcomed by fans, it leaves the future of players like Trai Turner murkier than ever. The interior lineman has a close relationship with head coach Ron Rivera from their time together on the Carolina Panthers, but there is no room for sentiment when it comes to building a playoff contender.
Turner played 766 snaps on offense last season, giving up two sacks and conceding four penalties. The former Pro Bowler has moments of dominance, but his consistency has regressed considerably and the Commanders can ill afford more of the same if they want to make an instant playoff return.
If Turner accepts a rotational/backup role, there’s a chance he’ll be brought back on a team-friendly deal. Having his leadership presence in the locker room could also be a major asset for any young prospects set to join from the college ranks.
Much will depend on what the player wants from a financial standpoint. But it would not be the biggest shock to see Turner and the Commanders go their separate ways when the free-agent frenzy gets underway next month.