4 Commanders on their way to being cut barring a late-season turnaround

Things are hanging in the balance for these Commanders players.

Charles Leno Jr.
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Charles Leno Jr. - Commanders OT

As previously mentioned, the Washington Commanders offensive line has underperformed this season. There was enough experience across the unit to suggest improvements might be feasible heading into Year 4 of Ron Rivera's tenure. They haven't materialized more often than not.

This won't go unnoticed by a new general manager or head coach. Aside from perhaps Sam Cosmi, nobody should look at their prospects beyond 2023 with any great confidence. That includes veteran left tackle Charles Leno Jr.

Leno's been a dependable blindside presence since joining the Commanders. His leadership is also a significant asset to call upon. He's only given up three sacks this season according to Pro Football Focus. But the penalties (10) are a constant source of frustration.

The Commanders are going to be in prime position to select one of the two premier left tackles emerging from the college ranks. There appears to be a drop-off after Olu Fashanu and Joe Alt, so it's an option worth considering. Much will also depend on whether the new regime moves forward with quarterback Sam Howell or identifies someone like Heisman Trophy winner Jayden Daniels as their preferred option.

This could also have lingering effects on Leno's future. The $15.75 million salary cap hit on the final year of his deal does seem steep, so nothing less than a productive end to 2023 will do in pursuit of seeing out his contract.