3 underrated second-level free agents the Commanders should sign in 2023

(Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images) Nicholas Morrow
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Which underrated second-level free agents could the Washington Commanders target to put themselves in a strong 2023 NFL Draft position?

As David St. Hubbins once said: “There’s such a fine line between stupid and clever.”

I want to state right up front that I am not suggesting the Washington Commanders sign the following three under-the-radar free agents simply to be clever. Each of these players fills an important need on the roster as it is currently assembled, and each would come cheap.

Any residual cleverness or stupidity is merely a by-product.

Do you want to know how anemic this free agency market has been? Jakobi Meyers was the top wide receiver available. The Commanders wisely resisted the impulse to overpay for anyone, because there wasn’t anyone to overpay for.

The fact that Eric Bienemy preferred Andrew Wylie at $8 million per year to Orlando Brown at $16 should tell fans something.

There was only one linebacker worth paying a lot for this year, and the Chicago Bears had the cap space to make certain Tremaine Edmunds would sign on the dotted line. There were a couple of cornerbacks available, but I think the combination of the great draft class and the bitter taste of William Jackson III made any upper-tier signing unlikely from the start.

So the Commanders made modest purchases of decent players who will help the team without hamstringing it in the years to come. But they still have holes.

The draft will certainly address many of these. But let me offer three more modest free agents to consider.