3 underpaid Washington Commanders players heading into 2023

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Kamren Curl – Commanders S

  • 2023 cap hit – $3.02 million

Another safety talent that looks underpaid based on his efforts in 2022 is Kamren Curl. The former seventh-round pick emerged quickly into a vaued contributor and the Washington Commanders clearly got more than they bargained for where the one-time Arkansas star is concerned.

Curl’s attained 270 tackles over his first three seasons. His development in coverage is another positive and this is matched by a forceful presence against the run for good measure.

The player was one of the real bright spots on defense last time around. Curl earned an 82.9 grade from Pro Football Focus, which is another strong indicator of how much the defensive back exceled under Jack Del Rio’s guidance.

Washington have a cheap safety tandem with Curl and Darrick Forrest. With just $3.02 million coming the player’s way in 2023, it represents a huge bargain considering how important he is to the defensive strategy.

This is the final year of Curl’s deal. So if the Commanders had any sense, they would get the player tied down quickly either before or during the 2023 campaign.

Otherwise, they could end up spending much more in the long run to retain his services. And looking at their current resources, a new contract should be a relatively easy process.