Commanders must address contracts
Once the new head coach comes into the fold, attention will quickly turn to the playing personnel side. Pre-draft assessments and free-agent targets generate the most speculation among fans and the media. For Adam Peters and others in positions of power, they must also address the futures of those out of contract.
With a different regime comes fresh ideas. The Washington Commanders have enough salary-cap space to work out extensions with a few established figures should they wish. Considering the team is unlikely to use the franchise tag on anybody following another woeful season, a few veterans might decide to take their chances elsewhere in the hope of landing on a contender.
When one looks at the free agents, keeping cornerback Kendall Fuller and safety Kamren Curl should be prioritized. Things didn't go well for the secondary this season, but the two aforementioned individuals shone more than most despite significant failings elsewhere.
Curtis Samuel and Antonio Gibson could be retained depending on the money involved. All-Pro special teamer Jeremy Reaves' injury prognosis will likely determine his fate. As for the rest? The jury is well and truly out.
Peters must also determine whether certain players should be cut. Players like Charles Leno Jr., Logan Thomas, and Dyami Brown might be on the chopping block. There will also be no emotional attachment to Washington's decision-making given the new general manager wasn't around when any of them were signed or drafted.