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Washington Commanders Roster Moves: Three veterans are being released

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By: Scott Jennings

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Cleaning house

It’s Combine week, but teams are still busy shaping their rosters for the new season. The Washington Commanders have changed their leadership with new GM Adam Peters and new HC Dan Quinn, and that usually means big changes to the roster. Washington announced two roster cuts today, and another one that will happen at the start of the new league year this month.

Left Tackle Charles Leno Jr. and TE Logan Thomas have both been released, and the team will save $13.8 million in cap space this year. Both were starters on the offense and have been for years. Leno was late roster cut by the Bears in 2021, Ron Rivera’s second with the team. Washington quickly signed him, and made him their starting left tackle. He has held that position for the last three seasons, but will now need to be replaced. Leno ended last season on injured reserve with a calf injury.

Logan Thomas was a former quarterback who switched to tight end in the NFL. He was one of Rivera’s early free agent signings in 2020, and has been the starting TE when healthy. Thomas dealt with several injuries over the years in Washington, and now the team is moving on. He started 49 regular season games over four seasons.

The Washington Commanders will also be releasing center Nick Gates who was signed in free agency last year. Gates was the starter heading into the season, but after seven games, he was benched for veteran Tyler Larsen. Gates returned to his starting role at the end of the season, starting the last three games.

Originally posted on Hogs Haven