Commanders released Bobby McCain
There are always sacrifices when it comes to NFL roster building. Among the first that came from the Washington Commanders centered on Bobby McCain, who was released to save money leading up to free agency.
The veteran defensive back had some decent moments throughout his two seasons in Washington, racking up 139 tackles and four interceptions and providing an enthusiastic presence within the locker room. However, the Commanders felt like going younger was the best option moving forward.
McCain's release paved the way for Washington to select Emmanuel Forbes and Quan Martin during the 2023 NFL Draft. Something that could completely galvanize their secondary next season and beyond.
Commanders signed Cody Barton
Considering the attention given to other areas of Washington's defense, it's been surprising to see two former linebackers in coaching positions of power ignore the defensive second level. There are hopes that Jamin Davis and Khaleke Hudson can take advantage of another offseason of development, but signing Cody Barton to replace Cole Holecomb could reap rewards if he settles into his new surroundings quickly.
Barton is coming off the best campaign of his career with the Seattle Seahawks. He is disciplined against the run, can close space quickly, and can also hold his own in coverage if the situation dictates.
The Commanders didn't shell out that much to get Barton into the building. Under the experienced guidance of Jack Del Rio, this might end up being another overlooked move that pays off in a big way.