Commanders news: Eric Bieniemy, Ben Johnson, Kirk Cousins and Kendall Fuller

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Commanders urged to re-sign Kendall Fuller

The Washington Commanders have several key figures set to enter free agency. Some will be extended. Some will be moved on with little fanfare attached. Until the new head coach arrives with and provides an important assessment, general manager Adam Peters won't be making any decisions one way or another.

One of the most complex situations centers on cornerback Kendall Fuller. The gifted veteran performed extremely well in 2023 as all around him crumbled. This could be the last big contract he signs, so the former third-round selection might take this opportunity to test the market and see if a contending team wants his services.

Selling the ambitious project could be enough for Fuller to get extended if the money is right. Although Jimmy Wright from Clutch Points acknowledged it wouldn't be cheap, the writer stated that re-signing the defensive back should be Washington's top priority when the time is right.

"In a division where defenses have to deal with CeeDee Lamb, A.J. Brown, and DeVonta Smith twice a season, a team can never have enough quality cornerbacks. Regardless of the next coach and style of defense, the Commanders should bring back Fuller. A third-round pick of Washington's back in 2016, Fuller saw some of his stats take a hit playing for a porous Commanders defense. But Pro Football Focus liked the corner's work in 2023, grading him highly for the season despite his less-than-stellar numbers. Fuller likely won't come cheap, but he's viewed as a leader in the locker room and was one of the few bright spots for Washington's defense this season. Regardless of who is coaching this team in 2024, Fuller should be on it."

Jimmy Wright, Clutch Points

According to Spotrac, Fuller's market value stands at $14 million per season. That's a decent number, one the Commanders could afford with the league's most available salary-cap space currently. Whether Peters can work something out with the Virginia Tech product is another matter.