9 worst free-agent signings under former Commanders HC Ron Rivera

Ron Rivera made many mistakes in free agency...

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Andrew Norwell - Former Commanders OL

Another former Ron Rivera player who found his way to the Washington Commanders, interior offensive lineman Andrew Norwell was a dud. He emerged from undrafted free-agent obscurity to become an All-Pro working with the head coach during their time on the Carolina Panthers. After his big-money move to the Jacksonville Jaguars failed, he got another chance with someone he knew well.

Much like the situation with Trai Turner, Norwell's best days seemed to be behind him. He couldn't generate any forceful running lanes and became sluggish in pass protection. It probably stung Rivera to release him after one season, which also came with substantial dead money attached.

This subpar production and worrying trajectory didn't go unnoticed by others around the league, either. Norwell went unclaimed off waivers and his phone didn't ring once free to speak with potentially interested parties. The former Ohio State star's time in the league is likely done.

Drew Himmelman - Former Commanders OT

We couldn't leave this one out. Drew Himmelman was a journeyman offensive tackle brought in by Ron Rivera in the hope he could solidify the Commanders' depth. He was cut after barely a week.

Hopefully, we won't have to write a similar feature about Adam Peters' failings in the coming years. The general manager's track record of being around and helping successful contending organizations is well documented. If he brings the same accomplished approach to the Commanders, it won't be much longer before the good times return.

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