3 major priorities for the Commanders in 2023 free agency

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What are the major priorities for the Washington Commanders during a vital free agency period for the franchise in 2023?

The time has arrived. Legal tampering officially begins this afternoon and the Washington Commanders have a lot of hard work ahead in pursuit of an immediate return to the postseason in 2023.

Some deals for fringe players have already been agreed upon beforehand. There was more good news for fans when defensive tackle Daron Payne signed a four-year extension with $60 million guaranteed, which frees up additional cap space for the Commanders to strengthen other key areas this offseason.

Dan Snyder could also be selling the team soon. Therefore, the pressure on Ron Rivera and other primary decision-makers to put the necessary pieces in place cannot be understated before competitive action resumes once again.

With that being said, here are three major priorities for the Commanders with the 2023 free-agent madness upon us.

Priority No. 1

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Commanders must invest in the OL

Above all else, the Washington Commanders must invest in improving their offensive line. This is an absolute necessity if Eric Bieniemy wants to hit the ground running after agreeing to leave the Kansas City Chiefs for full offensive control.

Adding via the 2023 NFL Draft is something that should also occur. But if the Commanders can find two or three new starters for their protection in free agency, it represents a solid foundation from which to build.