3 free agents Commanders should sign before 2024 mandatory minicamp

The Commanders need more help heading into the 2024 season.
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Commanders should consider Michael Thomas

David Bakhtiari would have made this list, but it's a little too soon. The veteran left tackle is reportedly making good progress from another serious knee issue and could be ready during the 2024 season. Although there was no definitive timeline given, it's something for the Washington Commanders to monitor in the weeks ahead.

Aside from the edge protection, the Commanders could also use another productive pass-catcher to go alongside their current options. Terry McLaurin is the model of consistency, but others come with differing concerns that must be alleviated in pursuit of ensuring quarterback Jayden Daniels' rookie campaign goes according to plan.

We're at the stage where dependable options are thin on the ground. That could change when good players get released during final cuts before Week 1. If the Commanders want to take a gamble, then examining Michael Thomas' prospects in greater detail wouldn't be the worst idea in the world.

Thomas was one of the league's best route-runners once upon a time. His ability to create separation over short-to-intermediate routes propelled him to All-Pro honors. He even broke the single-season NFL record for receptions with a phenomenal 149 in 2019. The former Ohio State star had everything going for him until the injury bug struck.

It was one complication after another for Thomas at the worst possible stage of his career. The wideout managed to play 10 times last season, but he was far from the force of old.

This would be a high-risk, high-reward pickup by the Commanders. If Thomas stays healthy and embraces being part of an exciting project, offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury should find ways to get him the football consistently. If the same health issues come to light, it could be the end of his once-glittering playing career.

Thomas would need to accept an incentivized deal for the Commanders or anyone else to take the plunge. After making $72.52 million throughout his time in the league, it's something the player might contemplate to get his foot in the door.