3 major observations from Commanders early free-agent moves in 2023

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What were some major observations from the early moves made by the Washington Commanders during the legal tampering period in 2023?

It was never going to be a free agency period for big splashes where the Washington Commanders are concerned. But there was more than enough spare money to put themselves in a good position ahead of the upcoming 2023 NFL Draft.

This is something that came to fruition over the early stages of the legal tampering period. Washington didn’t break the bank with any of their moves, but those in power did manage to pick up some intriguing veterans with the promise of more to come in the not-too-distant future.

Ron Rivera spoke about filling specific needs to provide additional freedom during the draft recently. From the looks of things, the Commanders are practicing what they’ve been preaching.

With this in mind, here are three major observations from their early free-agent moves during the legal tampering portion of the 2023 offseason.

Major Observation No. 1

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Commanders remain high on OL versatility

Finding improved options across the offensive line was clearly a priority. But the Washington Commanders remain high on versatility within the group if their signings of Nick Gates and Andrew Wylie are any indication.

Both players agreed to join the Commanders and can play across the protection in multiple spots. This gives Ron Rivera and his staff more options, but their starting five must be decided upon quickly heading into OTAs for the best possible chance to develop cohesion.