3 NFC East moves that made Commanders feel better about 2023 chances

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Commanders won’t have to deal with Javon Hargrave

This offseason was always going to be one of breath change for the Philadelphia Eagles. After their Super Bowl appearance and will little financial leeway, a few established stars were expected to take their chances elsewhere, which proved to be the case.

In fairness to the Eagles, they kept the damage to a minimum and brought back some influential figures such as James Bradberry. But one huge departure could be music to the Washington Commanders’ ears in 2023.

Javon Hargrave cashed in after another exceptional campaign last time around. The formidable defensive lineman signed a lucrative contract with the San Francisco 49rs, which puts him on a defense that already includes the likes of Fred Warner and Nick Bosa.

Hargrave’s arrival could be the missing piece of the puzzle if the Niners can figure out their quarterback position. Given how the Commanders’ offensive line has struggled to cope with the former third-round pick, not facing him twice a season is a major boost.

Just how much this moves the needle for Washington remains to be seen. Those in power did manage to acquire Nick Gates and Andrew Wylie in free agency to improve their protection, but more is undoubtedly needed despite Ron Rivera’s happiness with his current options.