Grading the latest six Commanders moves in 2023 free agency

(Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports) Taylor Heinicke
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Commanders tendered Jeremy Reaves (S)

One of the brightest stories surrounding the Washington Commanders centered on Jeremy Reaves. Who could forget that video when Ron Rivera told the special teams’ ace he’d made the Pro Bowl, which was met with delight by fans, coaches, and players alike?

This was nothing more than Reaves deserved after an exceptional campaign. While he’s found life difficult carving a role for himself on the defensive rotation, he is an integral part of Washington’s plans on special teams, which came with an expected tender rather than allowing the player to become an unrestricted free agent.

Of course, a situation could emerge where Reaves does depart. But it seems like the player has found a home here and would be foolish to leave given his current career trajectory.

Reaves is likely going to settle for backup duties within the safety room once again. The Commanders have complete faith in Kamren Curl and Darrick Forrest as their starting duo, with Percy Butler also getting an increased role after the team made Bobby McCain a salary-cap casualty.

Grade: A

That does not detract from Reaves’ vital role as a special teamer. If he shines again next season, then the Commanders will have no choice other than to offer him a long-term deal.