6 free-agent running backs the Commanders could sign in 2024

The Commanders have room for more than one new running back, but who will they choose in free agency?
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Which free-agent running backs could the Washington Commanders target once the 2024 veteran market opens?

Running back should be a position of strength for the Washington Commanders, but limited usage, injuries, and free agency have left the depth chart looking threadbare. General manager Adam Peters can solve the problem by using some of his NFL-leading space under the salary cap to acquire at least one quality ball carrier.

The best place to start is within the Commanders' division. Especially since the NFC East is home to a free agent who's the perfect all-rounder for a modern offense.

Here are six running backs the Commaders should consider when free agency hits.

Commanders best all-rounder: Saquon Barkley

Few teams know how good Saquon Barkley can be as well as the Washington Commanders. The New York Giants' RB1 has consistently thrived against them.

Barkley shredded the Commanders with 35 carries for 160 rushing yards in two games last season. His seven catches for 98 receiving yards and three touchdowns were more than just good measure. Those receptions were ample proof of his all-round game.

He's a grinder who runs with enough power to punish defenses between the tackles, as proved by impressive numbers from Next Gen Stats.

Barkley also possesses the outside speed to break runs off tackle. Add in 288 receptions from 396 targets, and he is a complete back.

That's something worth the Commanders paying a pretty penny for, provided they are comfortable with Barkley's injury history. He's missed 27 games in six seasons, amid ankle and knee problems.

Durability is only a minor concern about one of the league's most skilled players at his position. Barkley's good, but he's not the only premium back who should be on the Commanders' radar.