Logan Thomas - Commanders TE
If the Washington Commanders make the expected move to appoint Ben Johnson as their next head coach, expect to see some tweaks to the tight-end personnel. Utilizing the position early and often is one of the biggest factors behind the Detroit Lions' success. Not many have the rookie impact of Sam LaPorta, but a lot was down to the play-caller devising calls that schemed him open effectively.
This is something the Commanders have been devoid of for some time. Cole Turner and Curtis Hodges weren't given much of an opportunity under Eric Bieniemy. John Bates is seen as a blocking specialist more than an effective pass-catcher. Then, there is Logan Thomas.
The converted quarterback was solid if not spectacular this season. Thomas had some nice moments, He developed eye-catching chemistry with Sam Howell en route to 55 receptions from 78 targets for 496 receiving yards and four touchdowns. His influence as a locker room leader is another part of his contribution that gets overlooked.
Thomas is set to be the sixth-highest hit on Washington's salary cap in the final year of his deal. The financial commitment no longer matches the production. Therefore, a situation could emerge where the Virginia Tech product is deemed surplus to requirements.
Releasing Thomas ahead of time comes with cap savings of $6.54 million attached. The Commanders also have enough high-end capital to get one of the top college tight ends via the draft should the new regime choose. They might see things out, but it does seem unlikely.