Commanders News: Tress Way, Sam Howell, Daron Payne, and becoming desirable

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Commanders DT Daron Payne surges in re-draft

The Washington Commanders got exactly what they wanted and arguably more from Daron Payne in 2022. While the defensive tackle's run-stopping still needs work, there was a noticeable surge forward in production after those in power opted not to pick up his fifth-year option.

This cost the Commanders a considerable amount to keep around their former first-round selection. Payne was given the franchise tag before signing a four-year, $90 million deal that also came with a whopping $60 million guaranteed to ensure the player's around throughout his prime years.

Payne also got some love recently from Gary Davenport of The Bleacher Report in his recent 2018 re-draft. The one-time Alabama stud went No. 3 overall to the New York Jets, although the writer conceded their trade-up for quarterback Sam Darnold was the only viable outcome.

"[Daron] Payne is an excellent lineman. It took Payne a little while to truly hit his stride, but hit it he has. In 2021, the 6'3", 320-pounder posted 61 total tackles. The following season, Payne exploded for a career-best 11.5 sacks and 64 tackles. Payne and Quinnen Williams (whom the Jets drafted third overall in 2019) would be a truly terrifying pair of tackles. Now all New York has to do is wait for Aaron Rodgers."

Gary Davenport, The Bleacher Report

The Commanders will be hoping Payne continues his upturn in consistency now he's getting paid like a top-tier interior defensive lineman. Something that could push him into the truly elite category along the way.