6 free-agent offensive tackles the Commanders could sign in 2024

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Commanders could sign Jonah Williams

The Washington Commanders' new regime wants hard-nosed players who are willing to enter the world of grit and grime. That is what they say, at least. How about a former first-round draft pick who strapped on his boots and moved to right tackle when his team asked him to, despite likely having found another home rather quickly on the trade market?

In a perfect world, yes, the trade market for left tackles would be better than it is this year. Most of us know that. However, having played almost 1,100 snaps last season, Jonah Williams would add to the mix as an above-average pass blocker. One that, like Mike Onwenu, is only 26 years old. Under the right guidance, the player could begin to reveal why he was once a first-round pick.

If the Commanders are serious about building a unit that can grow together over time, then Williams could be a guy that comes aboard. The former Alabama star has not lived up to the hype that surrounded him once upon a time, but he stands is already better than at least half of the starting offensive tackles in the league.

Mediocrity is never something that should be aimed for, but Williams has an optimistically solid floor. He could also mature into performing at his ceiling under this staff. If that were to happen, then this addition could be looked back on in a few years as an excellent beginning move by new general manager Adam Peters.

Williams would not be the first tackle to become disgruntled with his former team and then improve his play once he finds a place that cherishes what he brings to the table.