3 former Commanders who won’t live up to their new contracts in 2024

Could these former Commanders players end up being overpaid?

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Antonio Gibson - Former Commanders RB

Antonio Gibson was deemed surplus to requirements by the Washington Commanders after those in power secured the services of Austin Ekeler in free agency. This was always a likely scenario thanks to his fumbling issues and diminished role. Offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury should have far more use for the former Los Angeles Chargers backfield threat as part of his expansive scheme.

A running back tandem of Ekeler and Brian Robinson Jr. should mesh well. There could be a role to play for Chris Rodriguez Jr. after the former sixth-round pick flashed as a rookie. Establishing the run consistently will make things a lot easier for their new rookie quarterback - something Sam Howell didn't benefit from during his one season under center thanks to Eric Bieniemy's stubborn pass-happy approach.

Despite the reluctance of teams to give running backs a second contract, Gibson got a decent deal from the New England Patriots for three years that could be worth $11.25 million. This looks like a good fit for the Memphis product, although he'll probably be working with a first-year quarterback as well.

Considering the presence of Rhamondre Stevenson, it looks like Gibson will be the pass-catching specialist rather than a three-down threat. That's a role he gradually moved to in Washington - especially last season. Whether he can galvanize his career in New England remains to be seen.