7 Commanders who could be one and done with the team in 2024

These Commanders will be looking to cement their respective statuses with the organization.
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Zach Ertz - Commanders TE

Zach Ertz probably knows what his role is with the Washington Commanders in 2024. The wily veteran's previous connection to offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury provides the play-caller with a familiar face who's already been productive within his scheme. He'll also have an important task to accomplish away from the gridiron that cannot be overlooked.

The Commanders selected Ben Sinnott at No. 53 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft. This comes with significant long-term upside to become the complete package at the tight end position with a little extra polish. He could have a role right away, but having Ertz to lean on for counsel will be tremendous during his initial development.

Ertz is going to come in on passing downs and potentially provide quarterback Jayden Daniels with a useful short-to-intermediate and red-zone asset. How much he has left in that tank at this stage of his career is anyone's guess, but it's not costing the Commanders to find out one way or another.

If Sinnott is ready to assume legitimate No. 1 responsibilities as a rookie, then Ertz's work will be done.

Austin Ekeler - Commanders RB

Austin Ekeler represents an upgrade over Antonio Gibson, who departed for the New England Patriots in free agency. The prolific veteran's ability to catch passes out of the backfield coupled with his ruthless red-zone efficiency should be a huge asset for the Washington Commanders. There is a lot of tread on the tires, but hopes are high there is still plenty left in the player's tank.

The Commanders structured Ekeler's contract effectively to hedge their bets. It's a two-year agreement, but general manager Adam Peters can get out of the deal with little financial ramifications attached if they don't get some bang for their buck.

This is a worst-case scenario looking at Ekeler's credentials. He won't be tasked with an every-down role thanks to the presence of Brian Robinson Jr., which is exactly what the veteran was looking for when examining potential destinations after things soured with the Los Angeles Chargers.

If things don't go according to plan, releasing Ekeler next spring comes with $1.5 million in dead money compared to $3.61 million in savings. Hopefully, it doesn't come to that, and the former undrafted free agent out of Western State Colorado can provide the Commanders with something their offense lacked in 2023.