The Washington Commanders have a number of weaknesses to address this offseason. As the biggest needs, an emphasis will be placed at linebacker and safety but wide receiver isn’t far behind in the pecking order.
We’re all aware Terry McLaurin is a superstar. Extending him should be one of the franchise’s top priorities in the weeks and months to come.
Behind him, though, it starts getting a little dicey.
That’s pretty alarming given the Commanders have moved the needle to try and upgrade the position in recent years. Last offseason, they signed Curtis Samuel to a three-year, $34.5 million contract and he played just five games.
The team also drafted Dyami Brown in the third round of the 2021 Draft. Despite appearing in 15 games, the UNC product finished his rookie season with 12 receptions for 165 yards while playing just 34% of the snaps.
In light of this uncertainty, Ben Standig of The Athletic reported this week that Washington could (emphasis on could) make another splash at wide receiver.
This report will excite fans ahead of free agency, so let’s highlight a trio of pass-catchers whom Washington should target.
3 star WRs the Commanders should target this offseason
3. Allen Robinson
We know, we know. Robinson was featured on our “wide receivers Washington should avoid” list just a few weeks ago. While he wouldn’t be our preferred target, the offseason is all about adapting on the fly, is it not?
As much as we’d like to include Davante Adams and Chris Godwin, the undisputed two-two receivers who are out of a contract, all signs point to them returning to the Packers and Buccaneers, respectively.
With those superstars off the board, we settled on Robinson, whom we’d prefer over Odell Beckham Jr., who’s suffered a torn ACL in the same knee twice in a 16-month span, Antonio Brown and his baggage and DJ Chark.
Yes, Robinson’s 2021 was a disappointment. It was the worst season of his career. With Justin Fields struggling to run the offense, though, it’s fair to assume Robinson, who battled a nagging hamstring injury, was focused on getting to the offseason healthy in order to maximize his potential earnings.
In 2019 and 2020, Robinson racked up 200 catches for 2,397 yards and 13 touchdowns catching passes from Mitchell Trubisky.
That should not be understated.