6 free-agent safeties the Commanders could sign in 2024

Could the Commanders be in the market for safety help in free agency?
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Commanders could sign Jordan Whitehead

Jordan Whitehead, who was just released by the New York Jets, would constitute a lower-budget fix to the back end if Darrick Forrest’s recovery is not progressing. He was a very steady player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers between 2020 and 2022 before signing a two-year, $14 million contract with the AFC East outfit last season.

Whitehead played well for New York, finishing with 97 tackles and two interceptions. Those numbers are not too far off from what Kamren Curl provided for the Washington Commanders.

He could be a very reasonable cost-conscious replacement should Curl opt to leave. Whitehead has been in the league a few years longer than the other players on this list, but he will only be 27 years old during the 2024 season. Therefore, he could reasonably be expected to provide steady play at safety if the Commanders decide the price tag is too high for the more elite players.

Whitehead played free safety early in his career, though he seems better suited to play more in the box. He offers similar flexibility to the other safeties mentioned. As such, he could be a consideration even if Curl is re-signed.

Perhaps the best thing about Whitehead is his durability. He has appeared in at least 14 games in each of his six seasons, missing a total of five contests in that time. He isn’t the splashiest of potential signees, but he is one of the steadier players available this year.