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Sam Cosmi - Commanders OL

The Washington Commanders offensive line went through significant hardship in 2023. This came as no surprise to most when one considers the way previous head coach Ron Rivera put it together. However, there was a shining light to emerge from an otherwise disastrous campaign.

Sam Cosmi's transition from right tackle to the right guard position went much better than expected. Taking him out of the firing line as an edge protector was a shrewd move by Rivera. One could argue it's the only thing he got correct in this critical area of NFL play.

Cosmi looked assured in pass protection for the most part. He also became a valuable contributor to running plays - something Eric Bieniemy could have utilized more effectively in hindsight. There aren't many guaranteed starters on the Commanders next season. The former second-round pick out of Texas is one of them.

The Commanders will be hoping Cosmi takes another leap forward next season. There is also the added motivation to make strides given his contract is up for renewal this time next year.

While offensive tackles generally make more than those on the interior, Cosmi looks at home as a guard. If he performs as well or better within Kliff Kingsbury's scheme in 2024, the Commanders would be wise to tie him down long-term.

Cosmi has the chance to make himself some substantial clash next season. If everything goes well, he could earn anywhere from $10-15 million per season. A small price to pay for stability.