Which free agents should the Wasington Commanders consider signing in pursuit of increasing competition before training camp in 2023?
It's been a modest period of recruitment for the Washington Commanders this spring. The ownership flux made things difficult, but there might be some ways for those in power to strengthen the ranks before Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals rolls around.
Ron Rivera is looking to increase competition across the board and in some respects, achieved this feat thanks to some shrewd signings on team-friendly deals and spending draft picks wisely on problem position groups. This has provided increased confidence in Washington's playoff hopes - although it's still hanging in the balance with Josh Harris and his team of investors watching closely.
Releasing Chase Roullier with a post-June 1 injury designation leaves the Commanders with $11.57 million in salary-cap space according to Over the Cap. Rivera seems content with what they have currently, but scouring the veteran market for high-value alternatives could be worth its weight in gold.
With this in mind, here are three free agents the Commanders should sign to boost competition for places at their upcoming training camp in Ashburn.
Commanders should sign George Fant
It's been a busy offseason in terms of fortifying the offensive line for Ron Rivera and his staff. Something that can hopefully provide the sort of stability that was sorely lacking more often than not during the previous campaign.
There appear to be some decent young prospects and veterans capable of becoming a cohesive unit. If the Washington Commanders want to boost depth, then targeting George Fant would accomplish this potential objective.
Fant's dealt with some injuries over the years, but he's an experienced edge protector that enjoyed an accomplished campaign in 2021 when fully healthy. That wasn't the case last season, but taking a closer look at Washington's training camp wouldn't hurt.