Commanders should sign Rashaan Evans
There hasn't been any real sense of urgency for the Washington Commanders during the offseason when it comes to strengthening their linebacking options. Cody Barton's arrival, which was seemingly to offset the loss of Cole Holcomb, was the only notable signing either in free agency or the 2023 NFL Draft - a surprise to many.
The Commanders are hoping former first-rounder Jamin Davis can continue to fulfill his promise after a debut 100-tackle campaign in 2022. Khaleke Hudson's outstanding start to early offseason workouts also indicates that an increased role could be coming if the player continues this trend throughout camp.
If those in power determine that another experienced figure is needed with so much at stake for Ron Rivera and others next season, then Rashaan Evans should be high on their shortlist of options. An ex-first-round selection himself, the one-time Alabama star was the Atlanta Falcons' leading tackler in 2022 with 159, which placed him No. 8 league-wide as a result of his efforts.
There were some deficiencies in coverage that cannot be ignored. But it's strange to see such a productive force at the defensive second level still sitting on the market with just over a fortnight remaining until training camps begin across the country.
Perhaps Evans is looking for the right opportunity. If the Commanders did come calling, this represents a good opportunity to gain prominent reps on a defense that could propel themselves to the NFL's best if everyone stays relatively free of injuries next season.