5 realistic free agents the Commanders could sign in 2024

Dreams and realities are two different things.

Jonathan Greenard
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Commanders could sign Jonathan Greenard

As previously mentioned, the Washington Commanders need to bolster their edge rushing options this offseason. None of the fringe players managed to stake a legitimate claim once Montez Sweat and Chase Young were traded. K.J. Henry's rookie promise aside, it was largely underwhelming.

Jonathan Greenard looked set for big things after notching eight sacks for the Houston Texans in 2021. An injury-hit campaign in 2022 derailed his progress significantly. It was also enough for those in power to make a daring trade-up for stud edge rusher Will Anderson Jr. last spring.

Instead of wallowing in self-pity, Greenard displayed tremendous resolve to remain an important part of Houston's defensive strategy. He formed a highly productive partnership with the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, notching 12.5 sacks, 22 quarterback hits, and 32 pressures - all of which were career highs.

The Texans are an ascending force and have the salary-cap space to extend Greenard should they wish. DeMeco Ryans prides himself on outstanding defense. The former third-round selection was a huge part of that.

That said, nothing has been set in stone. If Greenard doesn't get tagged and gets the opportunity to see what else is out there, the Commanders would be wise to throw their hat in the ring. If everything checks out medically - which is entirely possible after he missed just two games in 2023, he's worthy of consideration.