Grading the latest four notable Commanders moves in 2023 free agency

(Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images) Jacoby Brissett
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Commanders signed Jacoby Brissett

With veteran quarterbacks flying off the free-agent shelf since the legal tampering period began, the Washington Commanders didn’t have time on their side. A situation that became more pressing once Taylor Heinicke opted for a homecoming with the Atlanta Falcons rather than remain a part of Ron Rivera’s plans.

Thankfully, Rivera and his staff were able to get a proven performer into the organization before their options ran out. Jacoby Brissett was their signal-caller of choice, who will now compete with Sam Howell for the starting quarterback job throughout the summer.

Brissett isn’t coming here to be a backup. After a strong series of performances with the Cleveland Browns before Deshaun Watson came back from suspension in 2022, the signal-caller had multiple offers but chose the Commanders because he fancies his chances of beating out Howell this summer.

The former North Carolina State standout will push Howell to his limits. Brissett will also need to take on the role of mentor and guide the 2022 fifth-round selection through his important transition.

Grade: B+

This is a win-win for the Commanders. Brissett and Howell competing will raise their respective games and whichever one emerges victoriously will be in a good position to hit the ground running in 2023.