4 biggest surprises of Commanders free agency so far in 2023

(Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports) Terry McLaurin and Eric Bieniemy
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What are the biggest surprises to emerge from an eventful free agency period so far for the Washington Commanders in 2023? 

It’s been another fascinating offseason for the Washington Commanders highlighted by some encouraging free-agent moves. It was never going to be the flashiest – not while Ron Rivera is around – but this is a newfound way of doing business more in keeping with traditional success around the NFL.

Besides, the Commanders don’t have much spare cash to throw around in any case. Just $2.42 million in salary-cap space remains after their comings and goings, so further sacrifices are coming to sign their 2023 NFL Draft class and leave enough for potential in-season moves if injury strikes.

The NFC East doesn’t look to be getting any less competitive based on how other teams within the division are currently going about their plans. Washington can only worry about itself and hope some young guns on the roster raise their respective contributions during a crucial Year 4 of Rivera’s tenure.

Looking back on a busy fortnight, here are four big surprises from the Commanders 2023 free agency period so far.

Big Surprise No. 1

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Commanders weren’t sold by Dan Snyder

This is probably more in hope than expectation. But reports that Dan Snyder would sell the Washington Commanders after the Super Bowl haven’t come to fruition as yet.

Perhaps surprising to some who thought it might happen quickly. Even if the billionaire’s overall actions over the last two decades indicate this was a genuine possibility all things considered.

We are now at the second stage of NFL owners’ meetings, which Tanya Snyder has reportedly attended. Fans won’t care when the news gets confirmed, just so long as Snyder’s absolute power is dissolved at some stage this offseason.