3 winners (and 1 loser) from Washington Commanders 2024 OTAs

There were winners and one big loser.
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Loser No. 1

Brandon McManus - Former Commanders K

The Washington Commanders are looking to restore their reputation under the new regime. Dan Snyder brought scandal and disgrace to the organization throughout his two-decade tenure. When the situation reached breaking point, the reclusive owner was forced to sell the franchise he left to rot.

Josh Harris' ownership group is doing things differently. They are running things professionally and investing heavily to improve the experiences of fans and players alike. The last thing this new regime needed was an unwanted distraction capable of undoing all their hard work.

When sexual allegations surrounding kicker Brandon McManus emerged, this was the last thing everyone associated with the Commanders wanted. It was also a problem Harris, general manager Adam Peters, and head coach Dan Quinn didn't need.

The Commanders conducted their investigation into the findings. McManus was released one week after the allegations became public. This was an outstanding opportunity for the veteran after an up-and-down year with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2023. It ended without playing a competitive down.

It was a disappointing situation, but the Commanders were right to cut McManus loose swiftly and with conviction. This is not about innocence or guilt. The civil lawsuit is pending, but Washington couldn't associate itself with another potential off-the-field matter when things were looking so positive.

The Commanders signed Ramiz Ahmed to fill the kicking void throughout their final week of voluntary organized team activities. There's also a chance to add another option, which Peters will already be exploring to compensate for McManus' departure.

This also served as a warning to Washington's roster. Indifferent behavior won't be tolerated. Honesty is the best policy. Anything less will see the same fate befall them as the Commanders move forward with purpose and increased standards.

What the future holds for McManus remains to be seen. His representatives are fighting the allegations and appear confident he'll be exonerated. At the same time, mud sticks.