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

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Commanders could sign Fabian Moreau (CB)

When I wrote a piece about the ten most important plays of 2020 – the last time the Washington Commanders were in the playoffs – the first play, chronologically speaking, was Fabian Moreau’s interception of Carson Wentz in Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Washington was trailing 17-0 at that point and things were looking awfully bleak. Moreau’s pick triggered a massive comeback and victory which got the season off to a great start.

The Commanders did it with Kendall Fuller a few years ago. They drafted him in Round 3 in the 2016 NFL Draft then traded him to the Kansas City Chiefs. A few years later, he returned to be Washington’s steadiest corner.

Why not do the same with Moreau, their third-round pick one year after Fuller? He has never been as good, but the UCLA product has experience, length, and still has decent speed – basically a somewhat older version of Benjamin St-Juste.

There’s a very good chance that the Commanders could be starting Fuller, St-Juste, and a rookie as their three primary corners this season. But what happens when one of them gets hurt?

Corners always get hurt. You don’t want Rached Wildgoose or Danny Johnson forced to play the boundary. Maybe Christian Holmes will take a step forward in his second season. Maybe not.

Having Moreau as a veteran insurance policy would be a smart move.