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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Commanders power back: Gus Edwards

Being allowed to play to his strengths for the Baltimore Ravens has done wonders for Gus Edwards. He's become one of the best, true power-backs in football.

Edwards takes some stopping from anywhere on the field, but he becomes lethal at the goal line. This bruising closer barged his way to 13 touchdowns last season. Of those scores, 12 covered a distance of just 1-4 yards, like this touchdown plunge against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 8.

Edwards is rarely felled by the first hit and always keeps his legs moving in a crowd. Those are core attributes for short-yardage work and why Edwards broke 12 tackles last season, per Pro Football Reference.

He may not have lead-back potential, but Edwards is an asset in a committee approach. He'd combine well with Brian Robinson Jr. and let the Commanders focus on adding a speed threat during the 2024 NFL Draft.

Alternatively, if the Commanders believe Robinson can handle the power-running role, they may opt for a pass-catching back in free agency.