Grading the latest six Commanders moves in 2023 free agency

(Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports) Taylor Heinicke
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It’s been a busy start to the legal free-agent tampering period, but how did the Washington Commanders fare with their latest big decisions in 2023?

Although there haven’t been any jaw-dropping signings from the Washington Commanders over the early stages of free agency, it’s not a surprise. Those in power are looking to spend their money much more wisely than in previous years, opting to focus on taking care of their established stars rather than gambling on veterans looking for new homes on the market.

Despite this newfound approach, the Commanders have strengthened problem positions and added further depth pieces. Much more will be required for a playoff return in 2023, but Ron Rivera and other influential figures within the organization are off to a good start.

Players will come and go in the next few days. But if the Commanders can keep this up, then there might be room for a luxury pick or two during the 2023 NFL Draft.

That’s for the future. For now, we took a look and graded the latest four big moves made by the Commanders in 2023 free agency.

Move No. 1

(Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports) Cameron Dantzler Sr. /

Commanders claimed Cameron Dantzler Sr. (CB)

The Washington Commanders got themselves a low-risk, high-reward option off the waiver wire in the form of Cameron Dantzler Sr. Although things didn’t go according to plan for the cornerback with the Minnesota Vikings in 2022, this is a chance worth taking based on his first two seasons as a pro from 2020-2021.

Grade: B+

If it doesn’t work out, then the Commanders can move on with minimal fuss. However, Dantzler could end up being a productive starter thanks to some extra motivation and a system that suits his particular skill set.