Grading the Commanders first three signings in 2023 free agency

(Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images) Andrew Wylie
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Commanders signed Andrew Wylie (OT)

  • Three-year, $24 million deal

It didn’t take long for Eric Bieniemy to use his stroke once the free-agent frenzy began. The assistant head coach/offensive coordinator went back to his old employers at the first possible opportunity to acquire Andrew Wylie – another versatile offensive lineman who already knows what the respected coach wants from his offense.

A three-year, $24 million deal was enough for Wylie to link immediately back up with Bieniemy with the Washington Commanders. He was an ever-present for the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs, playing 1,086 snaps en route to an average 63.1 grade from Pro Football Focus.

While this could be a smart addition – and Bieniemy should be trusted until further notice – there are some obvious red flags with Wylie’s arrival. He gave up a ton of pressures last season that resulted in nine sacks and there were also some discipline issues, which led to eight penalties throughout the campaign.

Placing Wylie on the edge at right tackle is risky, there’s no getting away from that. But much like the situation with Nick Gates, the former Eastern Michigan prospect has the versatility to go inside if that’s something the Commanders want.

Grade: C

This isn’t earth-shattering. But it’s probably what the Commanders could afford and although the terms of the deal weren’t readily available in terms or year-on-year outlay, it would be a big surprise if there wasn’t a chance to move on after 2023 or at the very worst, 2024.

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