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 bargain: Clyde Edwards-Helaire

Jerick McKinnon's enduring value as a receiver, along with Isiah Pacheco's rise from seventh-round pick to bruising workhorse, made Clyde Edwards-Helaire an afterthought with the Kansas City Chiefs. Yet, he's still a former first-rounder with enough versatility to start in an expansive offense.

Edwards-Helaire has averaged 4.2 yards per carry for his career. The 24-year-old has also tallied 8.6 yards per reception and is well-versed in pass protection.

As a seasoned winner who has claimed back-to-back Super Bowls, Edwards-Helaire would fit as a dual-threat starter for Kliff Kingsbury or a supporting act behind Brian Robinson Jr. The latter role would depend on how highly the Washington Commanders rate Chris Rodriguez Jr. - a 2023 sixth-rounder who showed breakout potential before an ankle injury ended his rookie season.

Rodriguez is promising when healthy, but Edwards-Helaire is a proven commodity with a market value projected by Spotrac.com at just $1.6 million for this year.