David Bada - Commanders DT (ERFA)
Another early restricted free agent, David Bada finds himself on injured/reserve. After he caught the eye during limited involvement last season, this was a body blow to not only his development but also to his future with the Washington Commanders.
It doesn't seem feasible for the Commanders to place any sort of tender on Bada. Therefore, expect the formidable defensive tackle to depart when it's time for the free-agent frenzy to begin.
Efe Obada - Commanders DL
Efe Obada has carved out a real niche for himself since entering the league. He's a sound and versatile presence on the defensive front, which is matched by some decent production as a rotational piece throughout his career.
If the Commanders had a choice, they'd likely want to keep Casey Toohill and James Smith-Williams over Obada. However, the player's relentless work ethic might also be enough to give cause for pause where those in positions of power are concerned.
Jeremy Reaves - Commanders S
To say Jeremy Reaves endured some rough luck this season would be an understatement. The All-Pro special teamer suffered a serious injury that required surgery after just five games, which brought an uncertain future after the Commanders tendered the defensive back last spring rather than give him long-term financial security.
Verdict: Extension (if injury prognosis is good)
If Reaves makes good progress in his rehabilitation, the Commanders should give him the benefit of the doubt with another short-term deal. After everything he's given the franchise since joining in 2018, he's earned that at least.
Cornelius Lucas - Commanders OT
Cornelius Lucas is what every team looks for in a swing offensive tackle. He's dependable, versatile, and has no trouble stepping into the breach effectively to ensure no momentum is lost - something the Commanders have already benefitted from this season.
It could be another offseason of changes to the offensive line - especially if Washington decides to build around Sam Howell. However, having Lucas around makes a ton of sense all things considered.