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 Frankie Luvu

  • Linebacker | Carolina Panthers

Another big need for the Washington Commanders during the upcoming offseason is adding some explosiveness at the defensive second level. Cody Barton's arrival in free agency was a complete disaster, Khaleke Hudson seems nothing more than a depth piece, and Jamin Davis is unlikely to have his fifth-year option picked up despite showing some growth this season.

If the Commanders' new defensive coordinator - whoever that might be - switches the scheme back to a more traditional 4-3 base, it becomes an even greater need. Looking at his current career trajectory, Frankie Luvu is exactly what Washington desperately lack in their linebacking corps.

Luvu's been a revelation over the last two seasons after earning a starting gig with the Carolina Panthers. He is instinctive, physical, and thrives either against the run or in obvious pass-rushing situations. The former Washington State standout also has experience working on the interior or as an outside linebacker - versatility that always comes in handy.

It's highly likely the Panthers will make a strong bid to keep Luvu around. But with Brian Burns set to get their franchise tag, an opportunity could arise for the Commanders or someone else to lure him from Charlotte.

This would be an immediate upgrade on anything the Commanders have currently. Luvu is also an inspirational leader within the locker room and on the field - traits that Washington need during an important upcoming transition.