5 former Commanders who are still having trouble finding jobs in 2024

Opportunites haven't been forthcoming for these Commanders players.

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Matt Ioannidis - Former Commanders DL

Matt Ioannidis is an interesting story. The defensive lineman enjoyed some good years with the now-Washington Commanders before joining the Carolina Panthers to reunite with his former college coach Matt Rhule in time for the 2022 season. There were some nice moments, but it wasn't enough to get an extended stay.

After that, nothing. No interest from anywhere. Not even the Commanders took a look despite their clear need for defensive line depth. Ioannidis ended up sitting out the entire 2023 campaign as a result.

The former Temple star was linked with countless teams during the previous offseason and when injuries struck elsewhere during the season. Nothing became concrete for Ioannidis despite his proven production and starting experience.

Whether Ioannidis - who has made $24.63 million in career earnings according to Spotrac - is looking for a route back into the league is unknown. But it appears for all the smart money as if the NFL has moved on. That sounds harsh, but it's the unfortunate nature of the business.

Ioannidis will have no regrets. He emerged from a fifth-round selection into a decent performer. His 8.5 sacks for Washington in 2019 were a career-high and a sign better things might be ahead. It didn't turn out that way, so he could be out of the league entirely despite recently turning 30 years old.