4 Washington Commanders players facing a fight for new deals in 2024

These Commanders players are looking to earn new deals in 2024.
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Darrick Forrest - Commanders S

The Washington Commanders' defense was a major letdown last season. This group was projected to be among the league's most dominant given the options at their disposal. To say it didn't turn out that way would be an understatement.

One of the overlooked factors behind their demise centered on Darrick Forrest. The promising defensive back's season was cruelly cut short after five games. Washington wasn't the same on the backend as those who attempted to fill the void couldn't match his performance levels.

Forrest is back and ready to approve his worth once again. He'll also have a new safety partner after the Commanders opted not to offer Kamren Curl a new deal. This was a surprise considering his emergence and the relatively modest amount he received from the Los Angeles Rams in free agency.

This lays down the gauntlet to Forrest in no uncertain terms. The bar is high to get financially rewarded under Adam Peters' leadership. Staying healthy and firmly establishing himself as a key defensive piece is only going to enhance his chances.

There's a lot to like about Forrest's potential impact next season. The talent is obvious, he's flashed on countless occasions to leave no doubt in that regard. The presence of Dan Quinn and Joe Whitt Jr. - two highly respected talent developers in the secondary - is another big boost heading into a contract year.

If Forrest stays healthy and takes his production up a notch under Quinn and Whitt's exceptional guidance, a new deal won't be too far behind. Peters stated he's willing to reward those who've come through the ranks. The Cincinnati product fits the mold despite the general manager having no emotional attachment whatsoever.

It'll be interesting to see if Forrest can propel himself into the alpha role following Curl's departure. The opportunity is there. Taking advantage of it is a different story.