Touted Commanders' free-agent possibility makes no sense whatsoever

Backtracking doesn't seem in Adam Peters' mindset.
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Adam Peters did a remarkable job of revitalizing the Washington Commanders in a short space of time. Everything across the franchise was given a much-needed facelift after years of languishing among the NFL's bottom-feeders. It's the first step in his aggressive rebuild, but the positivity emanating from the fanbase and those in the media is hard to ignore.

Peters has some glaring holes to fill. This is not the complete roster by any stretch of the imagination. The new general manager will be the first to admit that, but he's got enough resources on the money front to make additional moves before Week 1 at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rolls around.

The Commanders are well-placed to make improvements. Players are in the best possible hands thanks to the presence of Dan Quinn and his high-profile coaching staff. But this is an ongoing assessment from Peters and others in prominent leadership positions.

It would be a surprise if the Commanders didn't make alterations to their playing personnel before competitive action commenced. One NFL analyst's touted possibility makes no sense whatsoever.

Commanders linked with potential Charles Leno Jr. reunion before Week 1

Lorenzo Reyna from Pro Football Network thought the Commanders should contact Charles Leno Jr. about a potential reunion before the campaign. This would provide the franchise with experienced depth and a dependable starting option in the writer's opinion.

"Like the Tennessee Titans, the Washington Commanders have a young passer to keep intact in Jayden Daniels. Charles Leno Jr. can be brought back for experience and depth reasons, having spent the last three years in D.C., starting in 47 total games."

Lorenzo Reyna, Pro Football Network

If Peters thought the Commanders would benefit from Leno being part of their plans in Year 1 of Quinn's tenure, they wouldn't have made him a salary-cap casualty.

The team feels confident in moving forward with either Cornelius Lucas or third-round selection Brandon Coleman on Washington's offensive line blindside. It's a big risk, especially considering the need to keep rookie signal-caller Jayden Daniels upright throughout his first year in a professional environment.

Backtracking doesn't seem to be in Peters' train of thought. If the former San Francisco 49ers executive feels like another left tackle is needed, he'll probably examine fresh faces rather than go back to Leno all things considered.

There's also the small matter of Leno's health to factor into the equation. The veteran recently had hip surgery after playing through the pain last season. He's given no inkling about whether to not he wants to continue his NFL career. There are too many questions attached regarding rehabilitation and on-field consistency for the Commanders to make this move.

If someone like David Bakhtiari becomes receptive to joining the ranks, that seems more likely despite the All-Pro coming with his fair share of worries. It's been a luckless few years for the edge force injury-wise. Everything seems to be on track for a full recovery, which would instantly upgrade Washington's options looking at his previous high-performance levels.

Coleman and Lucas will get their shot. The TCU product developing quickly and becoming the starter represents the ideal scenario. If not, Peters covered his bases and left enough financial flexibility to ensure a contingency plan could be sought depending on how things unfold.

Just don't expect that to include Leno will it's all said and done.