6 Commanders players who won't be back in 2024

These Commanders players could be on the move in 2024...

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Antonio Gibson - Commanders RB

It looked for a long time as if Antonio Gibson might be the long-term running back. His 1,000-yard rushing season as a sophomore was a huge step in the right direction. Two seasons removed from that feat, it seems as if the former third-round selection and the Washington Commanders will go their separate ways.

Gibson is a dual-threat weapon out of the backfield. He's flashed promise when called upon this season. Unfortunately for the Memphis product, Brian Robinson Jr. and Chris Rodriguez Jr. are both on rookie deals and could be a decent one-two punch under a new coaching staff in 2024.

Paying running backs after their first contracts is a contentious issue around the league currently. Most teams are now highly reluctant unless they have the focal-point capabilities of someone like Christian McCaffrey. The Commanders have plenty of financial wiggle room this offseason, but allocating decent cash to Gibson does seem unlikely.

Depending on the demands of his representatives, Gibson should generate interest in the free-agent market. He might not be able to secure a legitimate starting role, but his pass-catching prowess is enough to suggest an offer or two won't be long in the offing.

In this scenario, expect the Commanders to target another explosive option at some stage during the 2024 NFL Draft. Someone who could potentially complement the tools Robinson and Rodriguez bring to the table.