4 bargain-basement free agents that can help the Commanders in 2023

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Commanders could sign Jordan Akins

Despite the Washington Commanders claiming their happiness with the team’s current tight-end options, the indifferent production and unknown quantities within the room mean further signings cannot be ruled out.

The 2023 NFL Draft seems like the best place to secure a long-term option. Although much will depend on how any prospect adjusts to a substantial step-up in class throughout the preparation period.

If the Commanders examine the possibility of bringing in someone that could provide short-term assistance, then they could do far worse than give Jordan Akins‘ representatives a call.

Akins has been a solid performer throughout his four years with the Houston Texans, so there could be even more to come with increased responsibilities elsewhere. However, his current employers might make him an offer to stay as they look to put their rookie quarterback in a position to immediately thrive.

The former third-round pick gained 495 receiving yards from just 37 receptions in 2022. Akins is a big-bodied, physical presence that also progressed his red-zone influence encouragingly last season en route to five touchdowns.

This sort of reliability has been sorely lacking from Washington’s tight ends lately. And the Central Florida product is unlikely to command a huge amount financially, which only sweetens the pot where the Commanders are concerned.

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