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 /
3 of 3
(Jessica Rapfogel-USA TODAY Sports) Chase Roullier /

Chase Roullier – Commanders C

As stated previously, the Washington Commanders have made strengthening their offensive line a key priority this offseason. Something that should give Eric Bieniemy’s chances a major shot in the arm with full offensive control.

Obviously, this isn’t good news for everyone currently on the roster. Much will depend on which college offensive linemen are sought and where the Commanders plan to utilize Nick Gates, but there’s no doubt Chase Roullier‘s status is hanging in the balance thanks to recent moves.

Roullier is a decent performer when healthy. But the salary-cap hit is big and the center has had significant trouble staying healthy over the last two seasons to further complicate matters.

Releasing Roullier with a post-June 1 designation comes with $4.03 million in dead cap money and a saving of $8.37 million. Gates has already stated he’ll be taking snaps at center in the coming months, so if Washington gets another viable option, cutting ties with the former Wyoming star goes from a possibility to almost guaranteed.

This is an unfortunate turn of events for Roullier. But in the event he is searching for a new home, there should be interest in the free-agent market given his proven credentials when fit and firing on all cylinders.

Must Read. Commanders 7-round 2023 NFL mock draft: Big splash edition. light