4 extremely early cut candidates for the Commanders in 2024

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Chase Roullier – Commanders C

  • Cap saving – $10.16 million

In truth, this could happen way before the 2024 offseason gets here. Chase Roullier‘s status with the Washington Commanders looks especially uncertain, which is a real shame considering how well the offensive lineman performed before injuries took their toll.

After featuring just 10 times over the last two seasons, Roullier’s health can longer be relied upon. The Commanders recognize this for themselves, which is why they extended Tyler Larsen and signed the versatile Nick Gates in free agency.

If the Commanders also get themselves a college center via the draft, Roullier might not see the start of 2023. Releasing him with a post-June 1 designation comes with $8 million saved, which increases further this time next year to $10.16 million.

The former sixth-round selection is being paid like a top-tier center these days. While he’s highly productive when on the field more often than not, dependability is a major issue at a time when Washington needs all the help it can get across its protection.

Roullier could shine this offseason when fit and play a part. But he’d need to perform at a Pro Bowl level to justify his $14.21 salary cap hit in 2024.

And make no mistake, Ron Rivera won’t be sitting on his hands with the coach’s own job prospects on the line next season.