With the legal tampering period starting Monday, NFL free agency is in full-swing. While deals can’t become official until the start of the new league year on Wednesday, numerous players around the league have either agreed to deals with new teams or re-signed with the clubs they played for in 2021.
With a new starting QB in Carson Wentz, the Washington Commanders should strive to make him as comfortable as possible. While signing marquee talents is one thing, it’s entirely different to add players with whom he has a previous connection.
When you consider Wentz will be playing for his third NFL team, he’s established several connections during his career. With that in mind, let’s highlight three free agents with ties to Wentz the Commanders should consider signing.
3 free agents with ties to Carson Wentz for the Commanders
3. Rodney McLeod
Before we dive into why McLeod would make sense for the Commanders, we feel compelled to share that Mo Alie-Cox had the top spot on this list before he signed a three-year, $18 million deal to return to the Colts.
Including three offensive players made the most sense since a quarterback is the centerpiece, but exceptions must be made given the fluidity of free agency. Wentz and Alie-Cox connected for four touchdowns last season and we loved the idea of pairing him with Logan Thomas and John Bates at tight end.
Alas, McLeod gets the nod.
The veteran safety’s ties to the Eagles already means he isn’t well-liked around these parts, and the fact he made a game-sealing interception against Washington in Week 17 this past season will only punctuate that notion.
With that said, Washington’s in the market for a safety and McLeod is an underrated talent nobody is talking about. The 31-year-old has been a rock-solid anchor at the backend of Philadelphia’s secondary for the last six years.
In fact, McLeod owns a 72.0 coverage grade from Pro Football Focus since joining the Eagles back in 2016. That’s a pretty remarkable grade over a six-year stretch and it’s a testament to McLeod’s consistency.
In an added bonus, McLeod is the most recent winner of the NFLPA Alan Page Community Award, an annual award given to one player who performs exemplary community service in both his hometown and team city. That’s exactly the kind of guy you want in a locker room.
Should the Commanders whiff on signing Marcus Williams or another big-ticket safety, McLeod would be quite the consolation prize.