5 first-year Commanders players who might not return in 2024

These Commanders players are in danger of being one-and-done.

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Which first-year Washington Commanders players might be deemed surplus to requirements after just one season with the franchise?

The Washington Commanders are in the midst of significant changes across the board. Adam Peters is the new general manager. Dan Quinn is the team's head coach. This power couple harbors grand ambitions to take the franchise from also-rans into contention at the earliest possible opportunity.

One guarantee from the upcoming offseason - Washington's roster is going to look completely different by the time organized team activities resume. The Commanders have an abundance of assets at their disposal to speed up this substantial rebuild. There are better figures in place capable of molding a competitive outfit. Unfortunately for some, this will come at the expense of their current positions.

Very few covered themselves in glory this season. The Commanders spiraled into the No. 2 overall selection for a reason. Coaching was subpar and the players at their disposal weren't up to the required standard. Make no mistake, big alterations are an absolute must.

With this in mind. here are five first-year Commanders players who might not return in 2024.

Cody Barton - Commanders LB

We've spoken plenty about Cody Barton's indifferent opening season with the Washington Commanders. The linebacker was a liability in coverage. He was sluggish to plug gaps against the run. The tackle numbers were relatively pleasing, but this came further downfield when the damage had been done.

The Commanders need to address their defensive second level as a matter of urgency this offseason. Jamin Davis is the only guaranteed starter. Washington is desperate for reinforcements via free agency and the 2024 NFL Draft. This will probably leave Barton on the outside looking in.