5 free-agent wide receivers the Commanders could sign in 2024

The Commanders need more weapons in the passing game.

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Commanders could sign Tyler Boyd

Tyler Boyd is the far-less exciting Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver set to be available this offseason. With Tee Higgins getting the franchise tag, his future becomes murkier than ever.

Boyd has played primarily in the slot for the Bengals since entering the league in 2016. He is tall for a slot receiver, but runs excellent routes and shows more quickness than flat-out speed.

The wideout would bring a savvy veteran presence to the Washington Commanders locker room. He has caught over 500 balls in his NFL career and has been remarkably consistent. Over the last six seasons, he has never brought in fewer than 58 receptions.

He had his best years in 2019 and 2020, just before the Bengals brought in Higgins and Ja’Marr Chase. After the arrival of the more explosive younger players, Boyd’s numbers fell off, but he remained a crucial part of Cincinnati's passing attack.

Boyd will get interest from teams that may have a few younger receivers at the top of the depth chart but need veteran depth. He is a player who can be a leader in the locker room while still putting up solid numbers on the field. That describes the Commanders to a tee.

As with any pending free agents, a franchise tag decision could remove players from the market. That has already happened with Higgins - who would have been on this list if available - but not with any of the others discussed here.

Finally, the other free agent wide receiver whom I have not discussed here is the Commanders' own Curtis Samuel. For the record, I would applaud any effort to re-sign the playmaker. I just figure you already know all you need to about him.

FYI - he is projected by analysts to command a little bit more than D.J. Chark on his next deal.