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Report: Commanders set to release cornerback William Jackson III

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Sep 11, 2022; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Commanders cornerback William Jackson III (3) tackles Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson (25) during the first half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

One way or another, William Jackson III has played his final game in a Washington uniform.

The Commanders are set to release Jackson on Tuesday if they’re unable to find a trade partner for their $40.5 million cornerback, ESPN reported.

The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Jackson, 30, hasn’t played since Week 5 after sustaining a back injury. He has 16 tackles and two passes defensed in four starts this season.

Washington signed Jackson to a three-year, $40.5 million contract in March 2021. He’ll leave behind dead cap hits of $13.4 million this season and $9 million in 2023, if he’s released, per Spotrac. The Commanders would save $6.75 million in a cap hit in 2023 by releasing him.

Jackson has five career interceptions and 51 passes defensed in 75 games (64 starts) with the Cincinnati Bengals (2017-20) and Commanders. He was selected No. 24 overall by the Bengals in the 2016 draft.

–Field Level Media