The Washington Commanders announced a pair of roster moves the day before the NFL’s new league year begins tomorrow at 4pm. Jeremy Reaves has been on and off this team since signing to the practice squad here in 2018. Last season was the first time that Reaves made the initial 53-man roster, the first time he was voted to the Pro Bowl, and the first time that he was voted to the AP All-Pro team. This was the culmination of 5 years in the NFL, but due to his up an down status, he entered this offseason as a restricted free agent. Washington has officially tendered him(original round/right of first refusal), which means he will be on the team on a one-year deal worth $2.627 million.
J.D. McKissic has suffered season-ending neck injuries two years in a row, and was viewed as a likely cut candidate heading into the offseason. His release saves the Commanders $1.23 million, and leaves $2 million in dead money on this year’s salary cap. Ron Rivera was skeptical about McKissic’s future after the season, and Washington is moving on from a RB that gave them some highlights in his time with the team.
We’ve tendered a qualifying offer to restricted free agent Jeremy Reaves— Washington Commanders (@Commanders) March 14, 2023
Additionally, we've released RB J.D. McKissic pic.twitter.com/c7xjAqUGAO
The Commanders used an original-round (right of first refusal) tender on Reaves, worth $2.627M. He can still sign an offer sheet elsewhere, but Washington has the right to match and keep him. If they decline to match another offer, Reaves can leave and the team wouldn’t get any… https://t.co/G3U9fd9n1Z— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) March 14, 2023
#Commanders cut J.D. McKissic with failed physical designation— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 14, 2023