Daron Payne’s option is exercised as Washington continues to invest in its defensive line


Washington had till Could 3 to choose up Payne’s possibility, and it was anticipated the group would train it to maintain the crux of its protection collectively at a comparatively low fee. His wage for 2022 ranks ninth amongst defensive tackles for that season.

For 2021, the ultimate season of Payne’s rookie contract, he’s due a completely assured $2.5 million base wage and carries a $4.6 million wage cap hit.

The No. 13 decide of the 2018 draft, Payne grew to become a staple on Washington’s inside defensive position as a rookie, alongside Jonathan Allen, and has since helped kind one of many league’s high defensive fronts with fellow first-round picks Chase Younger and Montez Sweat on the sting.

Final season, whereas taking part in essentially the most snaps of any participant on Washington’s line (881), Payne had 54 tackles, three sacks, one interception, three compelled fumbles and one fumble restoration. His 86 run stops over the previous three years are a group excessive throughout that span, in accordance with Professional Soccer Focus.

Washington’s protection jumped from twenty seventh in complete yards and thirty first towards the run in 2019 to second and tied for thirteenth in 2020 below first-year coordinator Jack Del Rio. Its starters on the defensive position are all first-round picks nonetheless taking part in on their rookie contracts, however it is going to quickly turn into expensive to maintain the group collectively. Allen, the No. 17 decide in 2017, is on his fifth yr and has a $10.05 million wage for 2021. It’s believable the group engages in talks for an extension after the season.


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