6 free-agent quarterbacks the Commanders could sign in 2024

Could the Commanders acquire another QB through free agency?

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Commanders could sign Kirk Cousins

There's another way the Washington Commanders could go at the quarterback position this offseason. Taking a signal-caller at No. 2 overall will only be done if those in power are 100 percent convinced in their chosen prospect. Anything less could severely jeopardize their chances for long-term prosperity.

If there is even a hint of doubt, then standing pat with Sam Howell becomes more realistic. Josh Harris' ownership group is looking to make a splash. If that ends up being in free agency, a bombshell reunion with Kirk Cousins enters the discussion.

Washington didn't do right by Cousins when he departed after two straight franchise tags for the Minnesota Vikings. This began a series of failed starters and dismal decisions that saw the Commanders drop into the NFL's also-rans.

Cousins has made a ton of money and is still performing at a high level. There is the complication of how his torn Achilles will impact things moving forward. The player hasn't exactly relied on mobility through the years, so a full recovery cannot be completely dismissed.

This might be a short-term solution for the Commanders, but it won't be cheap. The former Michigan State star's market value is projected at $39.3 million per season on a three-year $118.14 million deal according to Spotrac. Washington's roster is nowhere near ready for a win-now move like that.

However, signing Cousins would allow them to strengthen other areas over the next two drafts. If there is a realistic out in Year 2, waiting a little longer for a college quarterback and relying on a proven performer isn't the worst idea imaginable.