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Breakdown of new Commanders OL Nick Gates’ contract

When Washington commanders opened up the legal leeway period last week, they quickly targeted the offensive line. First, Washington agreed to terms with former New York Giant Nick Gates. Shortly thereafter, the commanders agreed to a deal with former Kansas City Chief Andrew Wylie.

Thanks partly to Washington’s long-term deal with Daron Payne last Sunday, the Commanders freed up additional cap space for 2023. Payne only spent $10 million the following season instead of playing on the franchise tag for approximately $19 million.

Those moves led to Washington becoming a bit more active on the free-agent front early on.

We’ve looked at the terms of Jacoby Brissett and Wiley’s contracts, so let’s examine Gates’ three-year deal, courtesy of Over the Cap.

  • 3 years, $16.5 million net worth
  • Salary cap charge for 2023: $3.27 million
  • Salary cap percentage for 2023: 1.4%
  • Average Annual Value: $5.5 million
  • 2023 Cash Payout: $6.91 million
  • Fully Guaranteed: $8 million
  • Contract ranking among centers: No. 15 of 71
  • Salary cap charge for 2023: $5.46 million

Gates is expected to begin his Washington career at center. The Commanders have Chase Roulier under contract and recently re-signed Tyler Larson. Due to injuries to Rollier and Larsen the previous two seasons, Washington was forced to start at least four centers. Those issues have prompted head coach Ron Rivera to build more experienced depth at the position ahead of 2023.


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