3 worst moves of the Commanders’ offseason thus far
By Jerry Trotta
1. Not Signing a Linebacker
This one speaks for itself, no? We get the sense Washington is waiting until after the draft to determine its next wave of signings. That idea makes sense on paper, but we think most fans would have like to see them add a linebacker already.
We’re not saying the Commanders should have splurged on a high-profile (and expensive) star like Bobby Wagner. Even Myles Jack — $16 million over two years — proved to be out of their price range. But Jermaine Carter Jr., who went for $1.77 million and played under Ron Rivera in Carolina? That feels like a whiff.
Beyond Carter, Anthony Walker signed a one-year, $5 million deal to return to Cleveland. That was definitely affordable. The same can be said for Ja’Whaun Bentley, who’s back with the Patriots on a two-year, $6 million contract.
Again, we’re not asking for much and there’s still some intriguing names still looking for work, including Alexander Johnson and Kwon Alexander, but we’d feel much better about the 2022 roster if this issue was nipped in the bud.
The last thing we want is Washington to feel pressured into drafting a linebacker in the second round after they spent the No. 19 pick on Jamin Davis last year.
With Davis and Cole Holcomb expected to get the majority of snaps (the team rarely ever uses three LB sets), adding a veteran would make a lot of sense. Unfortunately, they’ll have to work with what’s left and it’s not much.