3 ways cash-strapped Commanders can free-up space before 2023 draft

(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) Curtis Samuel
(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) Curtis Samuel /
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How can the cash-strapped Washington Commanders free up some extra salary-cap space before the all-important 2023 NFL Draft?

After a busy period of free agency for the Washington Commanders, they are once again up against it from a salary-cap standpoint. Over the Cap has them sitting with $2.95 million in available resources, which makes it difficult to sign their 2023 NFL Draft class and pick up a veteran or two before OTAs roll around.

Teams are constantly manipulating the salary cap to suit their needs. The Commanders haven’t done as much compared to others, but they would be wise to explore the possibility given how much is at stake for the franchise in 2023.

Dan Snyder is letting the new owner – whoever they might be – foot the bill for bonus payments based on a recent report for Ben Standig. Something that could complicate further moves until the situation is resolved one way or another.

Without further ado, here are three ways the cash-strapped Commanders can boost their available cap space before the 2023 NFL Draft.

Move No. 1

(Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports) Chase Roullier /

Commanders could cut Chase Roullier

  • Cap saving – $8.37 million (post-June 1 designation)

It’s becoming increasingly obvious that Chase Roullier might be the odd man out in 2023. The veteran center is a solid performer when healthy, but availability is a major concern and something the Washington Commanders can no longer rely upon.

Releasing Roullier with a post-June 1 designation saves the Commanders $8.37 million and adds $4.05 million to their dead money. This is almost enough to sign their entire draft class if they keep eight selections.