4 key roster decisions Commanders new owners could influence in 2023
By Dean Jones
Commanders contract restructures
The Washington Commanders have been working with one hand tied behind their back this offseason while the ownership saga raged on. Dan Snyder was obviously unwilling to put too much of his own cash in escrow, which also made it difficult to restructure deals given the need to pay signing bonuses immediately.
Thankfully, this is now at an end. The Commanders have just $3.08 million in remaining space, so some cap manipulation could be in the new ownership group’s immediate future with around $9 million needed to sign their 2023 NFL Draft class.
There are a few established figures that have yet to be restructured. Jonathan Allen makes the most sense given how long the defensive tackle will be around, which comes with a saving of $8.42 million according to Over the Cap.
Others such as Curtis Samuel, Charles Leno Jr., and Terry McLaurin could be candidates once the new owners are officially revealed. Something that provides extra financial flexibility this offseason and for any in-season moves in the event injury strikes.
Either way, the Commanders must find out ways of improving their cap predicament. Fortunately for them, Josh Harris, Mitchell Rales, and Magic Johnson are hugely experienced in the world of business, so this shouldn’t prove too complicated when push comes to shove.