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

Melvin Ingram
Melvin Ingram / Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
3 of 3

Commanders could sign Melvin Ingram (OLB)

Strengthening the linebacking corps once again didn't exactly take center stage for the Washington Commanders this offseason. Cody Barton was the only free-agent arrival of note as Cole Holcomb departed for the Pittsburgh Steelers, which leaves options thin on the ground unless players like David Mayo and Khaleke Hudson step up.

The Commanders will likely deploy plenty of two-linebacker sets in Jack Del Rio's defense - especially considering the additions made to the secondary. There is also hope that K.J. Henry might be able to assist on the outside in obvious pass-rushing situations if the fifth-round pick's integration goes smoothly.

If those in power feel like more is needed, perhaps examining what Melvin Ingram could bring to the table would be beneficial. The former three-time Pro Bowler might be heading into his career twilight, but he is still capable of producing in big moments and registered six sacks from 45 percent of the Miami Dolphins defensive snaps in 2022.

Ingram knows how to generate pressure through savvy technique as his explosiveness wanes with age. The South Carolina product's gap discipline against the run is good and the player is also a prominent leader within the locker room to further enhance his influence.

Slotting Ingram at the defensive second level alongside Barton and Jamin Davis in certain situations gives opposing protection schemes something else to think about. The veteran would also have plenty of space in which to operate behind Washington's outstanding defensive front.