4 Commanders on the hot seat entering 2024 free agency

These Commanders should be nervously looking over their shoulders.

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Emmanuel Forbes - Commanders CB

We are about to find out what the Washington Commanders' new regime thinks about Emmanuel Forbes. The cornerback was the apple of Ron Rvera's eye during the pre-draft process in 2023. This was followed by a rookie campaign that won't live long in the memory.

The former Mississippi State star looked outmatched and undersized throughout. Forbes had fleeting moments of promise, but there is a lot of hard work ahead to maximize the Commanders' substantial investment in the young defensive back.

Having Dan Quinn and Joe Whitt Jr. steering Forbes in the right direction should assist his development. It's way too soon to be giving up on the ballhawk just yet. That said, the Commanders could decide to bring in some extra competition to the cornerback room - especially if veteran Kendall Fuller takes his chances elsewhere in free agency.

Saying something positive is all well and good. Actions speak louder in this instance. How high the Commanders prioritize the cornerback room will tell us plenty about the new regime's perception of Forbes' potential after struggling mightily during his NFL baptism of fire.

The No. 16 overall selection should have a part to play in 2024. Quinn's ability to develop defensive backs was lauded during his time with the Dallas Cowboys. The Commanders are hoping he can have a similar effect on Forbes, but at the same time, competition is coming in some capacity.

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