6 free agent interior offensive linemen the Commanders could sign in 2024

The Commanders need help on their offensive line interior.

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Commanders could sign Kevin Dotson

Amongst all interior linemen available this offseason, Kevin Dotson is the big-ticket item. The 6-foot-4, 321-pound guard from Louisiana had a breakout year in 2023 after being traded to the Los Angeles Rams just before the season.

Dotson had played fairly well for the Pittsburgh Steelers during his first three seasons. They decided to pair free-agent guard Isaac Seumalo with James Daniels, thus making him expendable.

The change of scenery did him a world of good. Firmly ensconced as the Rams’ starting right guard, Dotson graded out as the second-best guard in the entire league, according to Pro Football Focus ratings. Los Angeles would like to re-sign him, but their Super Bowl run left them cash-strapped. He will be looking for a much bigger payday than they could probably offer.

Dotson has played on the left side as well, so it is possible that he could shift and allow Sam Cosmi to remain at right guard. Or perhaps he could stay on the right side for the Washington Commanders and let the former second-round pick move back to his college position at right tackle.

Since there is a good chance that the Commanders will select at least one lineman in the first two days of the draft, a rebuilt offensive line anchored by Cosmi, Dotson, and a high-value rookie - with veterans Andrew Wylie, Charles Leno Jr., and Cornelius Lucas - could cure a lot of ills very quickly.

It may not make sense to shell out big dollars for Dotson if the plan is to keep Cosmi on the interior. He is expected to command more than $15 million per season. This would leave the Commanders over-invested.

That is the same problem they were trying to address back in 2019. But if Cosmi can move to right tackle, this is the beginning of a high-quality line.