5 potential Commanders candidates to replace Charles Leno Jr.

The Commanders are on the lookout for a new left tackle.

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Commanders could sign Jonah Williams

If the Washington Commanders take a quarterback with the No. 2 pick as expected, it might be worth acquiring a veteran blindside protector capable of providing immediate assistance. Elite-level performers don't tend to become free agents. Almost every potential acquisition set to hit the market comes with some risk attached. Jonah Williams is one such example.

Williams was the No. 11 overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Alabama. While the production since has been solid enough, one could make a case for the offensive tackle not meeting the lofty heights expected of a high-end pick.

It seems as if the Cincinnati Bengals are going to let Williams test free agency after they placed the franchise tag on wide receiver Tee Higgins. Much will depend on the money involved, but this could be a decent option for the Commanders as they seek an upgrade over Charles Leno Jr.

According to Spotrac, Williams is projected to get an annual salary of $10.85 million on a four-year, $43.43 million deal. That is steep, but it might also be a bargain if the player becomes a consistent force. The Commanders also have more than enough salary-cap space to accommodate this financial figure should they wish.

The possibilities are almost endless for general manager Adam Peters this offseason. It would be a shock if Williams wasn't on their shortlist.