3 free agents who could immediately start for the Commanders in 2023

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Commanders could sign Ben Jones (C)

As previously stated, there wasn't much money around for the Washington Commanders to spend in free agency. The spare cash that was available focused primarily on the offensive line, which became a weak link with almost no prolonged consistency whatsoever in 2022.

For the Commanders to stand a better chance of making the playoffs this time around, getting better upfront on offense was of critical importance. Nick Gates and Andrew Wylie should help, but less is known about Washington's mid-round draft picks Ricky Stromberg and Braeden Miller.

Gates is slotted to play the center position until Stromberg gets up to speed. This is a gamble considering Sam Cosmi is transitioning to the interior and Saahdiq Charles hasn't met expectations as yet, although the coaching staff seems high on Chris Paul after an outstanding offseason to date.

This seems unlikely, but signing Ben Jones comes with multiple benefits. It gives the Commanders a short-term, stable presence at the center position and would also allow Gates to occupy the left-guard spot for good measure.

Just why Jones remains looking for employment at this stage is anyone's guess. He was decent enough for the Tennessee Titans last season, giving up one sack, gaining a 71.9 grade from Pro Football Focus, and earning his first Pro Bowl selection along the way.

It would be nothing more than a one-season fix. But signing Jones gives the Commanders an upgrade at two positions, allows Stromberg to develop at his own pace, and adds extra stability with jobs on the line under new ownership.