The Commanders have agreed to terms with multiple offensive linemen Monday. In addition to adding Andrew Wylie, Washington is bringing in Nick Gates, Mike Garafolo of NFL.com tweets.
It is a three-year deal worth $16.5MM, Garafolo adds (on Twitter), with an additional $1.5MM available via incentives. This will take a starter away from the Giants’ O-line as well. Gates served as a guard and center option in New York.
Gates saw a September 2021 injury in Washington threaten his career. After missing more than a year due to the fibula and tibia breaks he suffered that night, Gates will head back to D.C. to likely set up shop as a starter. Gates, 27, underwent seven surgeries on his injured leg but battled back to be a starter last season.
The Giants had aimed to re-sign Gates, along with Jon Feliciano, but they will need to look into other options up front. The team did draft Joshua Ezeudu and Marcus McKethan out of North Carolina last year. Turning to one of its rookie-contract guards would make sense opposite Mark Glowinski.
Gates gives the Commanders some options. Prior to his broken leg, he was operating as the Giants’ starting center. The Giants gave him an extension that ran through 2022 based on his center work. But the new regime added Feliciano in free agency last year. Gates ended up making his return at left guard, rotating with Ezeudu down the stretch. Pro Football Focus rated Gates just inside the top 50 at the position in 2022.
Washington used ex-Ron Rivera Panthers charges Andrew Norwell and Trai Turner as their top guards last season. They also lost center Chase Roullier at center early during the campaign. Norwell remains under contract, as does Roullier, but both Turner and Wes Schweitzer are unsigned.