3 Commanders position groups that improved most in 2023 free agency

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Commanders improved their OL

After a 2022 season that can safely be described as an abomination across the offensive line, something had to change as a matter of urgency. Thankfully, this was also recognized by the Washington Commanders, who spent a large chunk of the money they had on potentially upgrading their protection when free agency began.

Andrew Wylie was the biggest addition after the veteran opted for an instant link-up with Eric Bieniemy once again. The pair were influential figures during the Kansas City Chiefs’ run to Super Bowl success, with his flawless performance at right tackle on the biggest stage of all coming in for significant praise.

Wylie should fill the same role in Washington depending on how the 2023 NFL Draft plays out. This could allow Sam Cosmi to switch to the right guard position, where he appears best suited.

Another eye-catching addition was Nick Gates, who joined from the NFC East rival New York Giants. There are some injury concerns, but the veteran is versatile, productive, and is a supreme leadership presence within the locker room to further enhance his influence.

Gates could be the starting center if everything goes well. This casts further doubt on Chase Roullier’s future, with the $8.37 million in cap savings involved if given a post-June 1 release something that cannot be ignored.

Tyler Larsen also re-signed as a depth piece. So if another capable starter is acquired via the draft, this could be an improved starting group in 2023.