Which Washington Commanders players should be considered as locks to make the 2024 roster with the potential of a new regime coming into the franchise?
Before Jonathan Allen’s recent announcement that he has seriously considered trying to find a way out of a Washington Commanders uniform, he would have been one of the current players guaranteed to be on the roster next season. I still think it is likely that he will stick around.
Allen is like Terry McLaurin on offense. Not only is he the best player on his side of the ball, but he is also a great leader and citizen. You win with players like him. You don’t walk away from them unless it is necessary.
But his revelation did get me wondering just how many current Commanders are roster locks for next season. There’s an old saying that goes something like this: “If I’m finishing 4-13 with my current guys, how much worse could I possibly be if I just jettison the whole lot and start from scratch?”
There are some players - mainly recent draft picks - whose favorable contract situations make them virtual locks. There are others who you just want to keep because of their quality. There may even be a player or two who sticks because the dead money hit is high and they aren’t all that bad.
Of course, on the flip side, there are players whose contracts are a bit of an albatross. Regardless of the cap hit, it might be better in the long term to part ways.
Let’s try to take all that into account as we run through the players who should be roster locks for next season.
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