7 potential cut candidates the Commanders should monitor in 2024

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Commanders should monitor Dominique Robinson

After trading Chase Young and Montez Sweat before the 2023 deadline, the Washington Commanders were devoid of any consistent pass-rush. They moved swiftly to acquire some capable veterans in free agency, but there's just no telling how they'll fare despite the likes of Dante Fowler Jr. and Dorance Armstrong Jr. working with Dan Quinn previously.

Sweat's move to the Chicago Bears had huge implications for Dominique Robinson. After taking the field for 51 percent of the team's defensive snaps as a rookie, this dropped to 35% last season thanks in no small part to the high-profile trade. A huge offseason awaits the former fifth-round pick in pursuit of remaining part of Chicago's plans.

Chicago's general manager Ryan Poles also surged up to select edge rusher Austin Bookler during the draft, so the task awaiting Robinson cannot be overstated. If the Bears opt to cut their losses, then the Commanders could bring him into the squad as a solid rotational piece with the scope to become something more under Quinn's exceptional guidance.

Sweat is sorely missed by the Commanders. Depending on how the defensive end unit performs next season, this could be their biggest need in 2025.

Commanders should monitor James Bradberry

The Washington Commanders spent a second-round selection on Mike Sainristil to upgrade their nickel/slot cornerback options. That should assist greatly, but it does nothing to detract from the outside concerns after losing Kendal Fuller to the Miami Dolphins in free agency.

Those in power are placing a significant amount of faith in Benjamin St-Juste, Emmanuel Forbes, and Michael Davis to perform better under more accomplished coaches. While that would be a bonus, Adam Peters should scour the market for potential options that could provide veteran help in the short term.

Perhaps someone currently plying their trade with an NFC East rival could become available at some stage. The Philadelphia Eagles drafted Quinyon Mitchell and Cooper DeJean with their first two selections in 2024. This makes James Bradberry's future with the franchise increasingly certain after the franchise opted to keep Darius Slay around.

Bradberry struggled at times last season - especially down the stretch. He wasn't alone in that regard, but the Eagles might take this opportunity to cut ties with the former second-round pick if Mitchell and DeJean make imposing starts to their pro careers.

There's no financial incentive to release Bradberry. But if he's waived, then the Commanders have enough spare cash to pick up his contract in the hope he can bounce back.