5 realistic goals for the Washington Commanders in 2023 free agency

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Commanders must find two starters for OL

Perhaps the biggest need above all else for the Washington Commanders is fixing the offensive line. This became an ongoing source of frustration during the previous campaign, with suspect free-agent signings and mid-level draft picks failing to form a cohesive unit as the team missed the playoffs by a narrow margin.

Had the Commanders had any semblance of consistency across their protection, things might have been different. There’s nothing they can do about that now – what’s important is spending substantial resources on at least 3-4 new starting options throughout the offseason.

While rookies will be sought via the 2023 NFL Draft, the Commanders’ need for immediate help could lead to some aggressive moves in free agency. Whether they’ll have enough spare money to land someone like Orlando Brown Jr. or Jawaan Taylor remains to be seen, but securing two starting options looks well within the team’s capabilities.

This would set them up nicely for the draft. Washington’s formal and informal meetings have largely centered around offensive linemen, which is the clearest indicator yet that this is the direction they could go with one of their first two selections.

It’ll be interesting to see which veterans do end up becoming targets. But the Commanders cannot sit on their hands and rely solely on the next batch of college recruits.