18 players who are locks for the Commanders 2024 roster

There are many guaranteed to hold down jobs under the new regime...

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Commanders OL (2)

  • Sam Cosmi, Ricky Stromberg

That’s it. That’s the single biggest symbol of failure on this roster.

There are only two offensive linemen who are locks for next season. One of them is a completely untested rookie.

The Washington Commanders need to extend Sam Cosmi and develop Rocky Stromberg. I suspect they will add at least two highly-rated linemen through the draft this off-season, and that is just the beginning of the rebuild.

The two starting offensive tackles - Charles Leno Jr. and Andrew Wylie - are currently the team’s fourth and fifth highest-paid players. Given their mediocre production, I don’t see how the team keeps both. Although I think one of them might stick around.

The question centers on whether the Commanders can do better in free agency. I'm not convinced you can. But via the 2024 NFL Draft, it's a different story looking at the prospects set to take their chances at the next level.

The others are either old - Tyler Larsen, Cornelius Lucas - or thus far unimpressive, such as Saahdiq Charles and Chris Paul. Again, this is a damning indictment of the team's recruitment and failure to prioritize their protection.

Aside from Paul, the others will all be free agents this summer. The fact that I cannot include last year’s fourth-round pick Braeden Daniels on the roster lock list is one more sign of how badly the Commanders have gone about building an offensive line.