5 early free agents the Commanders must urgently target in 2024

The Commanders should have an abundance of salary-cap space to sign free agents.

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Commanders must target Danielle Hunter

  • Edge Rusher | Minnesota Vikings

Trading Chase Young and Montez Sweat was a necessary evil for the Washington Commanders. Both edge rushers were due lucrative contract extensions in 2024, so getting valuable draft resources in return became the more profitable course of action in pursuit of Josh Harris' sustainable plan for long-term success.

Unsurprisingly, the pass-rush has suffered without Young and Sweat flying off the edge. Those lower down the pecking order seem incapable of generating the pressure needed, so identifying a prolific, proven performer in free agency should be considered if the price is right.

Someone like Danielle Hunter fits the mold. The former third-round selection is still performing at an exceptionally high level for the Minnesota Vikings, but his time with the team could be coming to an end after he didn't receive a contract extension last summer.

Securing Hunter's services won't be cheap if he hits the open market. There will likely be a bidding war for his services in this scenario, but the Commanders stand a good chance if they can convince the LSU product he's the missing piece of a complex puzzle.

Easier said than done, especially if Hunter has ambitions to contend immediately. Much will also depend on who the Commanders choose for their pending vacancies in prominent leadership positions on the football side of operations.