3 Commanders with bleak futures after early 2023 free-agent moves

(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) Chase Roullier
(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) Chase Roullier /
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Which Washington Commanders players are staring at bleak futures if the team’s recent free-agent signings are any indication?

Spending money wisely has been the method implemented by the Washington Commanders throughout free agency so far. Re-signing Daron Payne was their biggest – and most necessary – splash, which keeps their star-studded defensive line intact next season at the very least.

There’s a real purpose to Washington’s business dealings since Ron Rivera became head coach. Something that represented a refreshing change of pace after so much financial mismanagement when Dan Snyder had a big-time say in personnel matters.

Thankfully, the owner is not going to be a problem for much longer. Momentum is building about a sale being confirmed imminently, with Snyder reportedly pushing back bonus payments rather than footing the bill himself a fitting way for the disgraced billionaire to bow out.

A new era dawns for the Commanders. But here are three players that could be looking at bleak futures based on the team’s early free-agent moves in 2023.

Player No. 1

(Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports) Saahdiq Charles /

Saahdiq Charles – Commanders OL

Nobody was shocked to see the offensive line get two new additions in free agency. The Washington Commanders snapped up Nick Gates and Andrew Wylie soon after the legal tampering period began, which gives them two new bonafide starters that can assist immediately.

With the promise of further arrivals during the 2023 NFL Draft, Saahdiq Charles has a real fight on his hands for involvement and perhaps even earning a place on the 53-man roster. Unless significant improvements arrive, then the former fourth-round pick could be deemed surplus to requirements.