7 potential cut candidates the Commanders should monitor in 2024

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Commanders should moniitor Robert Woods

As previously mentioned, the Washington Commanders could use another dependable pass-catcher in their wide receiver room. They are giving everyone currently on the books a chance to impress, but don't be surprised if Adam Peters rings the changes once again if things don't develop to his liking.

Robert Woods might have endured some slight injury worries throughout his career, but he's a slick route runner who knows how to create separation. The veteran also knows how to make things easier for a young quarterback after helping C.J. Stroud put together a historic campaign in 2023.

Woods could be the odd man out in Houston after their bombshell trade for Stefon Diggs. They also have Nico Collins, Tank Dell, Noah Brown, and John Metchie III, so the 32-year-old is a primary cut candidate with a saving of $4.95 million attached.

This would be nothing more than a short-term fix for the Commanders. However, Woods might be able to provide Jayden Daniels with another viable option in the passing game while also helping young wideouts with their development. This seems like a win-win for all parties if the Texans make him available at some stage during the summer.

Commanders should monitor Markquese Bell

Markquese Bell came of age for the Dallas Cowboys last season under Dan Quinn. He was switched from the backend to the linebacking corps and put together a 94-tackle campaign with plenty to suggest a bright future lay ahead. However, the coach's departure to the Washington Commanders changes things considerably.

How will Bell fit into Mike Zimmer's defense is the big question. He doesn't look like the sort of physically imposing linebacker the defensive coordinator's deployed in the past. The fact he brought in Eric Kendricks only lends further weight to that fact.

While it would be surprising to see the Cowboys cut Bell loose entirely, their safety room is too crowded to justify prominent playing time if he cannot firmly establish himself under Zimmer at the defensive second level. Perhaps someone will examine the prospect of acquiring the former Florida A&M star via trade, but it's an interesting dynamic to monitor in the weeks and months ahead.

If Quinn was suitably impressed by Bell last season and feels like he has something to offer in Washington, it might be worth a gamble. The Commanders don't have a great need at linebacker after a frantic offseason, but the player's previous connection to the head coach makes this a possibility if he's let go.