Which players could follow Dan Quinn to the Washington Commanders during the 2024 offseason after he officially became their new head coach?
Once the Washington Commanders were forced to pivot away from Ben Johnson and Mike Macdonald joined the Seattle Seahawks, there was a sense of inevitability about Dan Quinn becoming the team's new head coach. Some remain skeptical of the hire given how things ended during his previous head coaching stint with the Atlanta Falcons, but his leadership credentials made him a strong candidate throughout the process.
The Commanders feel like an experienced coaching leader can be of great assistance to first-time general manager Adam Peters. This new power couple in Washington needs to form a close working relationship quickly. Anything less could jeopardize the chances of laying the foundations for a successful future.
Just how much of a say Quinn has in playing personnel matters remains to be seen. Peters is on record saying he wants an aligned vision full of collaboration. That might see the former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator turn to some trusted associates to ensure his second chance at a top job goes smoothly right out of the gate.
With this in mind, here are six players who could follow Quinn to the Commanders in 2024.
Commanders could sign Neville Gallimore
The Washington Commanders aren't blessed with great depth along their defensive line. Many rotational pieces are out of contract and might not return. Phidarian Mathis' lack of impact over his first two years is another cause for concern. This need will be far greater if Jonathan Allen decides to take his chances elsewhere.
If the Commanders decide to bring in a reinforcement or two via free agency, Neville Gallimore is a name to watch. The versatile lineman has been a solid part of the Dallas Cowboys rotation since becoming a third-round selection in 2020. He's not done enough to earn prominent starting responsibilities, but there could be some merit in acquiring the Oklahoma product on a short-term deal in pursuit of increasing competition.