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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Jeremy Chinn - Commanders S/LB

The Washington Commanders feel like they have a steal on their hands with Jeremy Chinn. He was a high-priority target for the franchise in free agency and reportedly turned down more money from the Pittsburgh Steelers to become part of Dan Quinn's defensive scheme. This brings a significant amount of intrigue heading into a crossroads campaign for the player.

Chinn looked like a potential superstar once upon a time. His rookie campaign was nothing short of phenomenal, but the Carolina Panthers switched his position and a steady decline in his on-field influence followed.

The former second-round pick didn't look like the same player when pigeonholed to the backend. Chinn lost some of the exceptional instincts that saw him burst onto the scene in 2020. Coupled with deficiencies in coverage and not being a genuine fit for defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero's 3-4 base system, a new challenge was desperately needed.

Quinn's scheme should maximize Chinn's skill set more effectively. He's a linebacker/safety hybrid who can make plays when given the freedom to roam. The explosiveness and outstanding athleticism remain prevalent. The new head coach must harness this correctly to give the Southern Illinois product a fighting chance of being successful.

The Commanders have high hopes for Chinn. They also gave him plenty of added financial incentive after offering the player a one-year deal when the free-agent frenzy commenced.

This is a prove-it year for Chinn in every sense of the term. He's highly motivated to make the Panthers pay for the mismanagement of his talent. He also looks tailor-made for Quinn's schematic concepts to further raise optimism.

If Chinn puts everything together and responds well to the challenge of being in a different environment, this could turn into a long-term investment. But with Darrick Forrest also looking for a new deal, there's just no telling which way general manager Adam Peters will go when push comes to shove.