4 Commanders who could be entering their last season with the team in 2023

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Kendall Fuller - Commanders CB

While speculation was rife about Kendall Fuller's immediate future with the Washington Commanders, cutting him loose ahead of time never seriously became a realistic option among the primary decision-makers - at least not publicly. What occurs where the veteran cornerback is concerned after the upcoming campaign is a completely different question.

Fuller looks set to start and play an important role for the Commanders in 2023. Benjamin St-Juste could be poised for a breakout campaign and Washington's newly acquired defensive backs will also play a part, so it's not hard to see why this might be his final season in the famous burgundy and gold.

Again, this might come down to numbers in relation to production.

Fuller needs to play well and nurture the young talent around him in the secondary to justify another lucrative contract. But one could also argue the Commanders drafted his long-term replacement in Emmanuel Forbes regardless of how well he performs in the coming months.

The former Virginia Tech star is in the midst of his second spell in Washington and counts $11.62 million against the salary cap on the final year of his deal. It's unlikely Fuller will get anything like that on his next deal given he'll be on the wrong side of 30 years old, but the presence of Forbes and Quan Martin means the writing is firmly on the wall regarding his Commanders' future.