4 biggest positions of need for Commanders after first wave of free agency
By Jerry Trotta
With Jon Bostic a free agent and unlikely to return and Landon Collins no longer in the picture after being designated as a post-June 1 cut, Washington is suddenly extremely thin at linebacker. As of this writing, their current options are Cole Holcomb, Jamin Davis, David Mayo, Khaleke Hudson and Jordan Kunaszyk.
That … isn’t going to cut it. Of those five options, Holcomb is likely the only one whom fans trust after his breakout season in 2021. Davis could thrive as an off-ball linebacker after he struggled adapting to the MIKE role as a rookie, but, as we’ve seen, banking on potential is risky business in the NFL.
At this juncture, we’d recommend the front office to add a linebacker both through the draft and free agency. The recently-released Bobby Wagner is the undisputed top remaining option on the open market, but it’s slim pickings after that.
Broncos free agent Alexander Johnson would be our first choice. Dont’a Hightower, meanwhile, would bring a championship pedigree and Kyzir White offers plenty of upside as a do-it all linebacker.
A former safety in college, White burst onto the scene in 2021 with 144 tackles (seven for loss), two interceptions, three passes defended, two forced fumbles 53 run stops and a respectable 65.7 coverage grade from PFF.
Whatever the Commanders decide to do, they better do it fast, because the linebacker market is close to dried up after the first wave. As we sit here today, the position is unequivocally the biggest weakness on the roster.