3 bold Washington Commanders predictions in 2024 free agency

Time to go bold...

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Commanders spend big on Danielle Hunter

The Washington Commanders need edge rushing help as a matter of extreme urgency. Trading Chase Young and Montez Sweat before the 2023 deadline was seen as a necessary evil by Josh Harris' ownership group. Replacing the previous starting defensive end tandem should be among the team's biggest priorities.

Of course, premiere pass-rushers aren't cheap in free agency. The likes of Brian Burns and Josh Allen have already been franchise-tagged, which only strengthens the positions of those set to hit the market. But as mentioned previously, the Commanders are rich in financial assets to land their top target.

One could make a strong case for Danielle Hunter being the best available free-agent edge presence. His production remains elite despite being on the wrong side of 30 years old. This also seems like his last chance to get another big-money deal all things considered.

If the Minnesota Vikings embrace a true rebuild by letting quarterback Kirk Cousins take his chances elsewhere, Hunter might follow. This should have the Commanders and others around the league on red alert in pursuit of upgrading their pass-rush through free agency.

It'll be interesting to see how things unfold with Hunter. But if the Commanders were going to make one bombshell free-agent signing to make the NFL sit up and take notice, they could do far worse than look in his direction.