4 Commanders offseason departures who should thrive on new teams in 2024

Expect to see these former Commanders players shine in 2024.
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Kendall Fuller - Former Commanders CB

Much like the situation with Kamren Curl, it didn't appear as if the Washington Commanders put up a fight in pursuit of keeping Kendall Fuller around. The veteran cornerback was easily their top secondary performer last season, which isn't saying much, but his performances indicated getting a reprieve under the new regime led by Adam Peters had some merit attached.

The general manager did not hold a similar opinion. Washington lost a key cog in their defense and one of the team's locker room leaders when Fuller signed a modest deal with the Miami Dolphins. This pairs the former third-round pick with All-Pro coverage king Jalen Ramsey.

Washington signed Michael Davis as a potential replacement, but this cannot be seen as anything other than a downgrade right now. Other cornerbacks acquired seem more like depth pieces who could assist on special teams more than anything else. Perhaps the Commanders feel like Dan Quinn can get more from Emmanuel Forbes and Benjamin St-Juste. While that's possible, it's a big gamble to make based on their respective efforts last season.

It seemed from a long way out as if the Commanders and Fuller were going to go their separate ways. The Virginia Tech college product will be hoping for similar good fortune. After all, he won a Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs following his first departure from the franchise.

Of all the players who left the Commanders this offseason, Fuller might be missed most. His ability to motivate and eye-catching consistency while all around him crumbled last season were a testament to the player's professionalism and determination as another campaign deteriorated into embarrassment. Miami looks set to reap the rewards.

Adding Fuller to a cornerback room that currently includes Ramsey and Xavien Howard is a mouth-watering trio. As for the Commanders? They'll be hoping Quinn and Joe Whitt Jr. can work their magic on those still around.