3 players the Commanders were smart to avoid in 2023 free agency

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Which players were the Washington Commanders right to avoid during a busy free agency period for the franchise in 2023?

One could potentially describe the Washington Commanders’ moves in free agency as penny-pinching or bargain shopping. But in all honesty, this was always going to be the case considering the ownership flux and Ron Rivera’s preferred method of roster building.

Whether this will amount to much in the way of improvements next season is the big question. There is enough talent to ensure a bold playoff bid is mounted, although solidifying problem positions via the 2023 NFL Draft is a crucial part of the equation.

Rivera knows what’ll happen if things don’t go well. But the head coach was keen to avoid desperation and remain on course with his project despite some added urgency arriving once Dan Snyder sells up.

While it could go either way right now, here are three free agents the Commanders were smart to avoid based on the finances involved.

Player No. 1

(Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports) Tremaine Edmunds /

Commanders were right to avoid Tremaine Edmunds

While the Washington Commanders needed help at the linebacker position, avoiding the temptation to shell out big bucks for Tremaine Edmunds was wise in the circumstances. Although the second-level defender is supremely consistent and entering his prime, the money allocated by the Chicago Bears was simply too rich for Ron Rivera‘s blood.

Edmunds signed a four-year, $72 million deal that included a $9.75 million signing bonus and $50 million guaranteed. In comparison, the Commanders opted to acquire Cody Barton for one year at a cost of $3.5 million.

A sign of the times without a doubt.