These five Commanders would be excellent color commentators for NFL games

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These five Commanders would be excellent NFL commentators originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

News broke Tuesday that Tom Brady will become FOX Sports' lead NFL analyst as soon as his on-field career ends, and later reports stated that Brady will be paid $37.5 million annually over the course of his 10-year pact with the network. Finally, something is going Tom's way!

In light of that development, here's a list of five Commanders players who'd be excellent as color commentators up in the booth...

5) Cornelius Lucas

This one may surprise those who follow Washington, but those who cover the team on a day-to-day basis understand that Lucas is a gem. A large, unpredictable gem.

As a backup offensive lineman, Lucas doesn't get many press conferences, but when he is at the mic, it's a must-listen.

Take his most recent session with reporters where he described his experience as a free agent this March by claiming there was some "faking and booty-shaking" by non-Commanders franchises. Or his honesty following the squad's upset win over Tampa Bay in November (which included a marathon offensive possession in the fourth quarter) where he admitted he was glad the temperatures were manageable because, otherwise, the game "would've been hell."

Lucas would provide some true levity to coverage of the action and also plenty of odd yet entertaining (and, for emphasis, definitely odd) quotes.

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4) Bobby McCain

While Lucas would be a funnier voice upstairs, McCain represents a more serious option.

In his first year in Washington, the safety kept it realer than most pro athletes do and wasn't afraid to get testy in back-and-forths, too. Some commentators have a difficult time offering harsh assessments when they're on the call, but McCain certainly wouldn't.

Plus, in an era where so many top broadcast pairings feature quarterbacks and other offensive guys, getting a defensive back's perspective would be a fresh view for those watching.

3) Taylor Heinicke

Going off of that last point, Heinicke's position automatically gives him gravitas. After all, Brady is slated to join Troy Aikman and Tony Romo as former passers who are beamed into millions of homes every Thursday, Sunday and Monday for years to come.

Heinicke isn't in this story solely because he's a signal-caller, though.

The 29-year-old is inherently likable and very down to earth. Those qualities would mix well with his intelligence when analyzing complex schemes and sequences in an understandable manner.

Like Lucas, Heinicke would be funny, just in a more understated fashion. Then there's the potential of paying him in cases of beer, which is much more affordable than Brady's salary.

2) Terry McLaurin

Anything that involves speaking thoughtfully or engaging with someone meaningfully is an activity McLaurin will star in. This hypothetical exercise is no different.

The wideout has deftly responded to questions about topics ranging from his role as one of the DMV's most-beloved players to what it was like to catch a ball that was launched by a giant cannon during the filming of a commercial.

McLaurin would be an asset in a tight contest with two minutes to go and could also make a blowout worth sticking around for to hear his thoughts on whatever is mentioned in the moment. And he'd be a lock for the first spot if he didn't line up for the same team as...

1) Tress Way

Those who don't know Way would scoff at the notion of a punter being tabbed for one-half of a commentating pairing — and then they'd un-scoff roughly nine seconds into his debut.

Way is someone you could ask to walk through what they purchased at the grocery store and be riveted by his answer. Additionally, he uses the word "frickin'" quite often, and frankly, TV needs more "frickin'" these days.

The Pro Bowler's YouTube show is seriously, seriously fun and compelling, and if he ever had the opportunity to sit in a booth in the fall and winter, he'd crush it harder than one of his booming kicks.