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

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Commanders could sign Jermaine Eluemenor

When it comes to the offensive line, the left tackle spot is typically the most important. For obvious reasons, which most of us know.

If the Washington Commanders are serious about winning in the long-term and not chasing the immediate glory of the Dan Snyder days, bringing in a right tackle like Jermaine Eluemenor through free agency - while drafting a stud rookie left tackle early on to hopefully become one of the faces of the franchise we see for years to come - could be an option to consider.

Finishing the year with a 68.5 rating according to Pro Football Focus, Eluemenor played over 900 snaps, giving up five penalties and six sacks. Those are not the best numbers in the world. But over the years, he has gone from a bench player to starting, which is always a steep transition.

If the lineman continues his upward trajectory, he would be a significantly visible upgrade from the 11-sack trainwreck that we saw from Andrew Wylie last year.

Eluemenor can also play on both sides of the line. This could allow management to fiddle with their new protection in several ways to find out which is the best unit to put on the field together. With potentially four new starters coming aboard to join Sam Cosmi, a player like this could buy some time by offering a more-than-serviceable option and flexibility.