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Commanders release DE Shaka Toney after being reinstated from gambling suspension

In Sports
April 22, 2024
PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 14: Shaka Toney #58 of the Washington Commanders runs off of the field against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 14, 2022 in Philadelphia. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

Days after being reinstated by the NFL after serving a one-season suspension for violating the league’s gambling policy, the Washington Commanders have released defensive end Shaka Toney.

The team announced the news with a terse statement on social media, simply saying “We have released DE Shaka Toney.”

Five players were reinstated by the league last week, but Toney was the only one still under contract with his team when his indefinite suspension was lifted. The other four were released after their penalties were originally announced.

Toney, 26, was drafted in the seventh round of the 2021 NFL Draft out of Penn State. He appeared in 26 games during two seasons with the Commanders, registering 16 tackles, three quarterback hits and 1.5 sacks.

However, Toney was far down the depth chart at defensive end. The Commanders signed Dorance Armstrong and Clelin Farrell in free agency, and re-signed Efe Obada to bolster a unit that already included Dante Fowler Jr., KJ Henry and Jalen Harris.

The defensive end was set to enter the third year of the four-year, $3.6 million deal he signed as a rookie. He would have been paid $1.06 million in each of the next two seasons, according to Spotrac.

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