Which free agents do the Washington Commanders not want to see end up with any of their NFC East rivals in 2023?
The legal tampering period gets underway today (Monday) and there promises to be some frenzied activity around the league. Players will be nervously awaiting their fates or for those higher up the food chain, cashing in on mega-money deals either with their current employers or elsewhere.
Daron Payne got paid by the Washington Commanders on the eve of free agency, although he wasn’t going to test the market under the team’s franchise tag. The imposing defensive tackle signed a four-year, $90 million deal with $60 million guaranteed according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, which is the richest for anyone at the position outside of Aaron Donald.
This is just the start of what will hopefully be a fruitful period for the franchise. But the Commanders will also be keeping a close eye on developments across the division over the next few weeks.
With this in mind here are four free agents the Commanders shouldn’t want to see join the NFC East in 2023.
Free Agent No. 1
Commanders don’t want to see Tremaine Edmunds
Considering Tremaine Edmunds‘ age and production throughout his prolific NFL career so far, having to face him twice a season wouldn’t be ideal. The formidable linebacker looks set to leave the Buffalo Bills for a big-money deal elsewhere, which might even interest the Washington Commanders given their need for a steady inside presence at the defensive second level.
The New York Giants could also throw their hat in the ring. Edmunds should be highly coveted, so seeing him on an NFC East rival would be a major blow.