4 Commanders players who don’t deserve another season in 2023
By Dean Jones
Jon Bostic – Commanders LB
While Jamin Davis took a leap forward in 2022, others around the former first-round pick didn’t meet the necessary objectives. The Washington Commanders’ defense needs more from the second level, which can be addressed either via a talented free agent or an exciting college prospect or two during the NFL Draft.
Either way, the future doesn’t look especially bright for Jon Bostic. The one-time Florida standout just didn’t look like the same player last season after his injury problems in 2021, starting just five games and featuring in 29 percent of the team’s snaps on defense.
Bostic has been gradually phased out by the Commanders, and with good reason. The burst and instincts that made him a second-round selection in 2013 have faded and leadership alone is not enough to justify prominent reps at this stage of his career.
The Commanders have already begun extending fringe players and core special teamers ahead of the new campaign. Bostic has yet to receive a new deal, which is extremely telling and further evidence of how his performance levels of late have been perceived.
Couple this with the fact Bostic is now approaching 32 years old, and it’s not hard to envisage a scenario where the Commanders don’t bring him back after four seasons in Washington. That, unfortunately for the linebacker, is the nature of the business.