5 contracts holding the Washington Commanders back right now

The Commanders have a lot to spend, but these contracts are a hefty burden.

Terry McLaurin
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Logan Thomas - Commanders TE

  • 2024 salary-cap hit: $8.29 million

Logan Thomas has been a steady influence since joining the Washington Commanders. Injuries have held the tight end back in recent years. But he managed to put a consistent run of games together in 2023 and became a solid security blanket for quarterback Sam Howell.

Thomas is never going to be considered among the likes of Travis Kelce, George Kittle, and Mark Andrews, but he's dependable. If the Commanders want to take that next step and enter playoff consideration under the new regime, more is required.

There's a consensus that the production doesn't match Thomas' upcoming salary cap hit on the final year of his deal. This stands at $8.92 million, which places him No. 18 among the highest-paid players at the position.

It's not extortionate by any means, but one could make a strong case for Thomas not being worth such a financial outlay. Much like the situation with Charles Leno Jr., his future will be almost entirely dependent on what general manager Adam Peters has planned in terms of recruitment. For fans, it's a situation worth monitoring.

If the Commanders can find a better pass-catching tight-end option at some stage, Peters can get Thomas' contract off the books without much dead money attached. But don't be surprised if the converted quarterback sees out his current deal, either.