Which Washington Commanders players are unlikely to be back once their 2023 regular-season commitments come to an end?
After another season littered with misery and underachievement, Josh Harris' ownership group has all the ammunition needed to implement substantial changes across the board this offseason. The Washington Commanders have languished among the NFL's also-rans for too long - this is the time to hit the reset button in pursuit of better fortunes.
The coaching staff and front office will be the first to be cut loose. Once the new hires become official, attention will then turn to the playing side of things. Looking at how things stand currently, there is a lot of uncertainty across the roster.
Many established figures are out of contract. Some could be moved on ahead of time. A trade or two might be upcoming to boost draft capital and improve the already healthy financial situation. Nothing that occurs during Washington's regular-season finale against the Dallas Cowboys is going to change the big job ahead.
With this in mind, here are six Commanders players who are unlikely to return in 2024.
David Mayo - Commanders LB
While David Mayo is a decent-enough special teamer, his influence on the defensive rotation has been subpar at best in 2023. The veteran and close associate of head coach Ron Rivera has been given plenty of reps thanks to injury and poor performance. Unfortunately, he's failed to capitalize on an outstanding opportunity.
With Rivera on his way out, it wouldn't be surprising to see Mayo following the respected coach when his contract expires. The Commanders need to revamp their defensive second level as a matter of urgency. Something the current regime completely ignored aside from spending a first-round pick on Jamin Davis.