5 free agents the Commanders should aggressively pursue in 2023

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Commanders should target Marcus Peters

  • Cornerback | Baltimore Ravens

It’s not just the offensive line that needs a new face or two this off-season. The Washington Commanders could also do with a cornerback capable of providing a physical presence a potentially shutting down one side of the field along the way.

Again, finding one from the college level represents a cheaper, longer-term solution. But considering how hot Ron Rivera’s seat might become under new ownership, examining the free agency pool in pursuit of instant solutions could be an avenue Washington goes down, too.

Even though he wouldn’t be cheap, Marcus Peters is among the best veteran corners set to hit the market this year. The Baltimore Ravens have an important dilemma surrounding quarterback Lamar Jackson to solve, which means there might not be enough money to keep the defensive back around when it’s all said and done.

Peters has been one of the league’s most consistent cornerbacks for years now. His switch to the Ravens provided a renaissance of sorts, so the market should be robust if Baltimore decides to go in a different direction.

According to Spotrac, the former first-round pick is set to command an annual salary of $9.8 million on a two-year, $19.77 million deal. Not exactly chump change by any stretch, but it might be affordable for the Commanders if they can free up enough resources to make this happen.