4 prominent former Commanders still on the free-agent scrap heap in 2023

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William Jackson III – Former Commanders CB

The Pittsburgh Steelers thought enough of William Jackson III to bring him on board via trade before the deadline in 2022. He had some nice moments over his two seasons with the Washington Commanders, but the consistency wasn’t where it needed to be and any offer was a good one based on the compensation.

Jackson’s time with the Steelers endured torrid luck right out of the gate. He was injured just 11 days after the trade was confirmed and once the prognosis became official, Pittsburgh released the veteran with little fanfare during free agency.

Unsurprisingly, Jackson has yet to find alternative employment. This is down to health issues, poor performance, and the number of talented cornerbacks set to enter the league via the 2023 NFL Draft next month.

Perhaps Jackson’s best chance will be after the draft concludes. Teams normally examine veterans for depth purposes, which represents the best possible avenue to keep his foot in the door if nothing else.

This is a steep fall from grace for Jackson, who was a marquee signing for the Commanders before the 2021 campaign. Such was the financial commitment given to Houston native that Washington is still paying him $9 million in dead-cap money this season.