3 underpaid Washington Commanders players heading into 2023

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Which Washington Commanders players come into the 2023 season with team friendly contracts?

Considering the state of affairs where the Washington Commanders are concerned, they can put themselves in a pretty good position financially. Those in power can free up around $50 million in salary-cap space to strengthen their options, which is thanks in large part to parting ways with quarterback Carson Wents after just one campaign.

With expectations high following the arrival of Eric Bieniemy, there is no margin for error. But the Commanders weren’t far away from making the postseason in 2022, so hopes remain high they can be even more competitive next time around.

Washington has been known to make a splash or two in free agency should the right opportunities arise. The Commanders also have eight selections during the 2023 NFL Draft that they must spend wisely.

Looking at the current salary-cap predicament, here are three underpaid Commanders players heading into 2023.

Player No. 1

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(Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports) Darrick Forrest /

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  • 2023 cap hit – $1.01 million

There was a lot to like about the way Darrick Forrest applied himself last season. The Washington Commanders increased his responsibilities and the player thrived en route to career numbers across the board in 2022.

The former fifth-round selection is set to count just $1.01 million against the Commanders’ cap next season, which is the penultimate of his rookie deal. If Forrest brings his game on further, then Washington would be wise to offer the safety an early extension.