4 Commanders players who could be gone after the 2024 season

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Despite letting Kamren Curl walk in free agency without offering him a deal, the Washington Commanders look in decent shape at the safety position in 2024. Some decent additions arrived via free agency and the draft. This keeps competition high and means there is no margin for error with those who gain prominent reps right out of the gate.

Jeremy Chinn has the instinctive explosiveness capable of becoming a revelation in Dan Quinn's creative defensive scheme. Dominique Hampton is a development project taken on Day 3 of the draft. The Commanders also re-signed Jeremy Reaves, who is seen more as a special teams asset rather than someone who could become a starting-caliber backend option at this stage of his career.

Another boost for the Commanders is the return to health of Darrick Forrest. Any hope the promising defensive back had of building on an encouraging 2022 campaign was cut short after just five games. His absence was sorely missed, especially after Percy Butler didn't exactly thrive when handed increased responsibilities.

Forrest is back and raring to go this offseason. Considering the abundance of options Washington has on the backend - which also includes 2023 second-round selection Quan Martin - hitting the ground running is crucial.

This is a high-stakes campaign upcoming for Forrest. The former fifth-round selection is in the final year of his rookie deal and needs to make an impression. He cannot afford to be outperformed by Chinn or anyone else. After all, there is only so much money to go around.

As with Jamin Davis, there is a lot to like about Forrest's potential for raised performance levels under the exceptional guidance of Dan Quinn and Joe Whitt Jr. If not, then Adam Peters will cut his losses.

Considering Forrest and Curl were considered among the league's best young safety tandems heading into last season, to see both on other teams within two years would be a surprising turn of events.