Washington exercised Payne's fifth-year option for 2022 on Monday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.
The 23-year-old has appeared in all but one game with 41 starts since being drafted by Washington in 2018, so it's hardly a surprise the team picked up the fifth-year option of his rookie deal. Payne totaled 54 tackles (27 solo), three sacks, three forced fumbles and one interception in 16 contests last season and should continue to play heavy snaps at defensive tackle in 2021.
Payne was a 16-game starter in 2020, recording 54 tackles (27 solo), four pass defenses, three sacks, three forced fumbles, an interception and a fumble recovery on a career-high 880 defensive snaps (84.3 percent).
Payne's involvement in a bunch of turnovers was a new development, but his stats otherwise looked similar to the prior two seasons. The 2018 first-round pick even then added two sacks in Washington's lone playoff game, finishing with PFF's No. 38 grade out of 128 qualified interior defenders. While he may not be the superstar some envisioned a few years ago, Payne is locked in as a reliable starter and should be back to handle the same role in 2021. Washington can pick up a fifth-year option this offseason to extend his contract through 2022, with the salary guaranteed for injury only.
Payne made five tackles -- one for a loss -- in Sunday's 20-19 loss to the Giants.
Payne continues to log massive playing time, as he played 45 of 48 defensive snaps (94 percent). The 2018 first-round pick has posted at least four tackles in four consecutive games, but he hasn't taken down the quarterback since Week 1. It'll be tough to depend on him in IDP circles unless he can turn around the sack numbers.
Payne recorded 56 tackles (32 solo), two sacks and two defended passes across 15 contests in 2019.
Payne performed admirably as Washington's starting nose tackle in 2019, though he did miss one contest due to an ankle injury. The 2018 first-round pick will enter the third year of his rookie contract in 2020.
Payne (ankle) is active for Sunday's contest against the Panthers.
Payne is set to retake the field after missing Week 12's win over the Lions due to an ankle issue. He'll draw his usual start at nose tackle in Carolina on Sunday.
Payne (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game at Carolina.
Payne missed last Sunday's win over the Lions and worked as a limited practice participant this week. The 22-year-old should return to his starting role if able to play.
Payne (ankle) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
Payne didn't practice in any capacity last week, so Wednesday's limited session represents a tangible step in the right direction. He'll have two more opportunities to up his level of activity ahead of Sunday's tilt against the Panthers.
Payne (ankle) won't play in Sunday's contest against Detroit.
Payne didn't practice at all during the week and came into the game with a doubtful tag, so this news isn't surprising. In his stead, Tim Settle and Treyvon Hester are expected to handle the depth snaps along the defensive line.
Payne (ankle) is considered doubtful for Sunday's game against the Lions.
Payne was unable to practice this week after suffering the ankle issue last Sunday versus the Jets. Tim Settle and Treyvon Hester figure to see increased snaps in his likely absence.
Payne (ankle) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice.
Payne was spotted with a walking boot Monday, and his inability to practice to start the week casts doubt onto his status for Sunday's game against the Lions. The 2018 first-rounder still has two practices to get back onto the field and stymie some of the worries.
Payne (ankle) was spotted with his right foot in a walking boot Monday, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports.
Payne exited Sunday's loss to the Jets due to an ankle injury, the severity of which remains undisclosed. While the 2018 first-round pick could be wearing a boot for preventative reasons, his participation in practice will be worth monitoring leading up to Week 12's game against the Lions. With backup Tim Settle nursing a hamstring injury, Treyvon Hester could be forced to fill in for Payne if he were to miss any time.
Payne was forced out of Sunday's game against the Jets with an ankle injury, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Payne registered five tackles and a pass breakup before leaving this contest. The 2018 first-round pick consistently plays around 80 percent of the defensive snaps, so his absence is a major hit to the Redskins' defensive front. Treyvon Hester may bump to the interior in Payne's place, as the team only has three healthy defensive linemen.
Payne (knee) returned to Sunday's game against the Patriots.
After initially being deemed questionable to return, Payne only missed a couple drives before getting back on the field. He'll immediately slot back in as the Redskins' starting nose tackle.
Payne (knee) is questionable to return to Sunday's game versus the Patriots, Rhiannon Walker of The Athletic reports.
Payne is an important part of the Redskins' defensive front, so his absence could hamper the team's chances of pulling off an upset. The 22-year-old will be replaced by Tim Settle for the time being.
Payne was a 16-game starter as a rookie in 2018, piling up 56 tackles (35 solo), five sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery across 862 total snaps.
The No. 13 overall pick quickly justified his draft status by playing an unusually high number of defensive snaps (797) for a tackle, though he wasn't able to fix a run defense that has consistently underwhelmed throughout Jay Gruden's tenure as coach. Payne will turn 22 in May and has the makings of a top interior lineman, one capable of stuffing the run from the nose position or rushing the passer as a three-technique.
Payne tallied four tackles (three solo), including a sack, and a pass defensed in Thursday's loss to the Cowboys.
Payne has been a consistent player for the Redskins this season. His performance Sunday gives him 39 tackles on the year, including four sacks. He'll look to maintain his quality play in Week 13 against the Eagles.
Payne had seven tackles (three solo) in Sunday's 33-31 loss to the Texans.
The rookie first-round pick came through with the largest tackle total of his career in a game that saw the Texans unexpectedly go run-heavy. Payne has lived up to expectations with 34 tackles and three sacks in 10 games, but he may have a tough time against the stout Cowboys O-line on Thanksgiving day.
Payne (ankle) notched his first career sack during Thursday's preseason game against the Jets.
Payne missed some practice time due to an ankle issue, but he was aiming to return to the field during Thursday's exhibition contest. He made his presence felt in his first preseason action, chasing down Jets rookie Sam Darnold for a sack. Assuming he can stay healthy, the big man is expected to rotate in on the defensive line this season.
Payne (ankle) returned to practice Saturday but is still questionable to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Jets, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
While Payne practicing is a good sign for his health, the team wasn't in pads and it doesn't look like the Redskins are going to force the rookie back onto the field. Payne had originally aimed to make a return this week, so his status for Thursday depends entirely on whether or not he can start putting together full practices in the next few days.
Payne (ankle) hopes to return to the field soon and mentioned next week as a possibility, John Kelm of ESPN reports. "I wanted to be out here the whole time, but they wouldn't let me. I was on the trainers about it to try to get out here. ... Hopefully I'll be back out here next week," said Payne.
Payne shed his walking boot Saturday and is eagerly awaiting clearance from trainers to return to the field. The rookie could be a major contributor for the Redskins as a rookie, but he's spending some valuable time on the sidelines during training camp.
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|Sun 09/20||@ ARI||L 15-30||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 09/27||@ CLE||L 20-34||3||2||5||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/04||vs BAL||L 17-31||1||4||5||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/11||vs LAR||L 10-30||2||2||4||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/18||@ NYG||L 19-20||4||1||5||0||0||1||0||0|
|Sun 10/25||vs DAL||W 25-3||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/08||vs NYG||L 20-23||5||2||7||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/15||@ DET||L 27-30||0||2||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/22||vs CIN||W 20-9||0||2||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|Thu 11/26||@ DAL||W 41-16||0||3||3||0.5||0||0||1||0|
|Mon 12/07||@ PIT||W 23-17||4||1||5||0||0||1||0||0|
|Sun 12/13||@ SF||W 23-15||1||4||5||1||0||1||1||0|
|Sun 12/20||vs SEA||L 15-20||1||0||1||0||1||1||0||0|
|Sun 12/27||vs CAR||L 13-20||3||1||4||1||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 01/03||@ PHI||W 20-14||2||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sat 01/09||vs TB||L 23-31||2||3||5||2||0||0||1||0|
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