5 former Commanders who are still having trouble finding jobs in 2024

Opportunites haven't been forthcoming for these Commanders players.
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Charles Leno Jr. - Former Commanders OT

The Washington Commanders needed to prioritize their offensive line during their first offseason with general manager Adam Peters calling the shots. Previous head coach Ron Rivera couldn't find the right additions via free agency and the draft, which proved to be his undoing. The new regime wasn't going to make the same mistake.

Of course, this was always going to come with sacrifices. Charles Leno Jr. was released as part of cost-cutting measures. This means the Commanders are officially looking for a new left tackle to provide their rookie signal-caller with improved blindside protection.

Leno was a dependable figure and a strong leader within the locker room. The former seventh-round selection turned out in 880 offensive snaps in 2023, giving up just three sacks but conceding a whooping 10 penalties en route to a creditable 72.5 grade from Pro Football Focus. Despite this, Peters thought the savings involved could be better spent elsewhere.

The Commanders haven't addressed this significant need as yet, indicating that they have their sights on a gifted prospect in the 2024 NFL Draft unless a veteran is acquired beforehand. As for Leno? He's still without a new home, but his recent hip surgery could have a lot to do with that.

Once he returns to health, that should change. Until then, it's a waiting game.