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 Mike Evans

  • Wide Receiver | Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Expectations couldn't be higher for the Washington Commanders wide receiver group in 2023. They had a starting trio capable of great things in the form of Terry McLaurin, Jahan Dotson, and Curtis Samuel, with many also anticipating growth from Dyami Brown after his former college quarterback Sam Howell became the starter.

Much like most other position groups, they've flattered to deceive. Some aren't maximizing chances, others aren't being targeted enough, and production has suffered as a result.

This is a big problem. It's also worth remembering that Samuel is out of contract, so going big for a prominent free agent to make an immediate splash would be the sort of statement Josh Harris' ownership group is looking for.

It just so happens that one of the league's most underrated wide receivers of all time is set to enter free agency barring a late contract extension. Mike Evans recently secured his 10th-straight season with more than 1,000 receiving yards - a remarkable achievement from someone who's been at the top of his game for years.

Whether it's Jameis Winston, Tom Brady, or Baker Mayfield, Evans always gets his numbers. His size, ball skills, and slick route-running are a nightmare for opposing cornerbacks, so interest will be through the roof if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers decide to end his glittering period with the franchise.

Convincing Evans to join this project when contenders will be banging down on his door is a tough challenge. But having someone like Magic Johnson talking about ownership's ambitious plans cannot hurt.