Chris Paul - Commanders OL
The Washington Commanders offensive line has been lackluster once again in 2023. Aside from perhaps Sam Cosmi, one could make a strong case for everyone else being either demoted from starting roles or released entirely in favor of better options.
Amazingly, Sam Howell has performed well overall behind such torrid protection. Chopping and changing the lineup did little to fix the problems. Something that's cast further scrutiny on Ron Rivera's failure to prioritize this critical area of the field throughout his tenure.
Chris Paul came into the lineup at the expense of Saahdiq Charles after he was beaten out in camp. The former seventh-round selection's bulkier frame was the primary reason behind the switch. Unfortunately for the lineman and the Commanders, the consistency just isn't where it needs to be.
Paul's appeared in 422 offensive snaps up to now. He's conceded five sacks and one penalty en route to a dismal 40.0 grade from Pro Football Focus. If this was the Tulsa product's big opportunity to prove worthy of a long-term starting gig, the interior presence hasn't done enough based on his full body of work.
Washington must treat strengthening the offensive trenches as a matter of urgency during the offseason. There are no financial implications whatsoever to Paul's early release. Something that's becoming increasingly likely with every indifferent performance.