3 Washington Commanders newcomers that could surprise in 2023

Cody Barton
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Andrew Wylie - Commanders OT

There was a glaring need for the Washington Commanders to strengthen the offensive line this offseason. Anything less would have been malpractice, so it was a relief to see several new faces arriving via free agency and the 2023 NFL Draft.

The biggest financial outlay came in the form of Andrew Wylie, who penned a three-year, $24 million deal that also included an $8 million signing bonus and $12 million guaranteed. This acquisition was a direct result of Eric Bieniemy's influence, who worked with the player previously during their time together on the Kansas City Chiefs.

Wylie was an ever-present for the Chiefs last season, giving up nine sacks and conceding eight penalties en route to a modest 63.1 grade from Pro Football Focus. Not exactly the best production, but his Super Bowl performance against the Philadelphia Eagles' exceptional pass rush was outstanding and contributed greatly to the team's triumph.

This looks like an upgrade and it gives the Commanders another leadership presence within the locker room. However, not many are holding out much hope Wylie can be anything more than a band-aid solution to an ongoing complication.

Bieniemy obviously trusts him, so you should too. With a smooth transition, Wylie might be able to far exceed the performance levels anticipated.