e16bball Posted April 26, 2022 Share Posted April 26, 2022 “The Commanders are not expected to offer Payne a contract extension, multiple sources tell The Athletic, meaning the 2018 first-round pick and four-year starter would potentially play out the final year of his rookie contract and enter free agency in 2023.” From today’s mailbag from Ben Standig at The Athletic. This is…deeply frustrating news. On one hand, great. Paying Payne some $18M per year never should have been a consideration for them, especially after they already gave that kind of money to Allen. He’s a very good player, but you just can’t prioritize DTs who don’t consistently rush the passer in today’s NFL. Devoting that money to Payne hinders their ability to pay guys like McLaurin, Sweat, Young, even Curl — guys who affect the passing portion of the game far more than Payne does. They’re wise not to want to pay him. With that said… How in the ever-loving hell do you let two guys like Ioannidis and Settle out of the organization if you’re not planning to keep Payne long-term? And how in the ever-loving hell ARE YOU DOING THIS AGAIN WHERE YOU JUST LET GUYS PLAY OUT THEIR CONTRACT AND WALK?? How did you not trade him a couple months ago? Are we that obsessed with 2022 success that we’re going to let another good player stick around as a lame duck to try to milk one more season out of them, rather than getting value for them in trade preemptively? 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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