5 dream free agents for the Commanders in 2024

The Commanders could be big players in free agency this offseason.

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Commanders could sign Patrick Queen

  • Linebacker | Baltimore Ravens

There is a need for the Washington Commanders to improve their linebacking corps this offseason. Former first-round pick Jamin Davis remains their only consistent second-level defender and could thrive further under Dan Quinn's guidance. Aside from that, options are incredibly slim.

The Commanders have enough draft assets to get a high-impact prospect depending on their evaluations. Quinn might also bang the table hard for a veteran entering their prime in free agency should they become available.

In this scenario, Patrick Queen comes under the microscope. The former LSU standout was nothing short of exceptional in 2023. His partnership with All-Pro tackling machine Roquan Smith became one of the league's most dominant. This also puts him in an incredibly strong position when it comes to his next deal.

The Baltimore Ravens have just $7.3 million in available salary-cap space currently. This will likely increase once contract restructures and early cuts come to light. But with defensive lineman Justin Madubuike also looking for a bumper payday, there might not be enough to keep Queen happy.

Queen is an instant problem-solver for the Commanders. Adding him to this defense instantly improves the unit. It could also allow Davis the chance to spend more time on the edge where his skill set seems better suited.