3 free-agent wide receivers the Commanders could sign (and 3 to avoid)

The Commanders need wide receiver help...

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Commanders should avoid Corey Davis

Corey Davis is technically not available as yet. He retired from football after the 2022 season. He has recently applied for reinstatement and could become an option for the Washington Commanders in the not-too-distant future.

Davis' physical gifts will attract some attention. There is one reason - and only one reason - that Washington might consider signing him. It would give Adam Peters the distinction of being the only general manager in NFL history who signed a former No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, and No. 5 overall draft pick in the same off-season.

Marcus Mariota, Dante Fowler Jr., and Clelin Ferrell check the first three boxes. Davis was drafted No. 5 overall by the Tennessee Titans back in 2017.

But Davis has always underachieved. He was not a terrible player by any means. He just wasn’t that good either. Most tellingly, he caught just 59 percent of his targets. When you consider the likely rust after a year sitting out, and his age - 29 years old - he is not a reliable option.

That’s what this comes down to. At this point, Peters is not going to find a big-time receiver at a bargain price through free agency. But he could still find someone reliable. This team needs productive, reliable players almost as much as it needs splash players.

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