Commanders begin Adam Peters era with double-raid on NFC East rival

The Commanders acted swiftly to kick off the legal tampering period.

Tyler Biadasz
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The Washington Commanders began their exciting new era under Adam Peters with a daring double-raid on their fierce NFC East division rival.

All eyes were on the Washington Commanders to see what moves general manager Adam Peters would do at the start of this year's legal tampering period. This is a time when teams around the league can agree to terms with free agents before official confirmation later this week. With $96 million in available salary-cap space, the options were endless for the team's new front-office leader.

Peters warned against expecting any significant money to be dished out, which tempered expectations to a certain extent. He is keen to build through the draft and supplement through free agency, but not every hole can get filled via the college ranks and the Commanders had the cash available to find immediate difference-makers to immediately assist under their new regime.

Speculation has been rampant since Peters' arrival. He's got strong connections around the league and is held in the highest regard. Of course, it also helps that the Commanders are no longer an unattractive destination after Dan Snyder sold the franchise to Josh Harris' ownership group, who harbor grand ambitions to wake a sleeping giant and return Washington to its rightful place among the NFL's elite.

Fans could barely contain their excitement. As it turned out, they didn't have to wait long for new arrivals.

Commanders swoop to sign Cowboys duo

According to multiple reports, the Commanders have agreed to terms with edge rusher Dorance Armstrong and center Tyler Biadasz. Both players are no strangers to Dan Quinn, who knows them from his time with the Dallas Cowboys.

Armstrong played the best football of his pro career under Quinn's guidance. The last two seasons have been highly productive for the pass-rusher in a rotational role. Whether this switch comes with the promise of starting reps remains to be seen, but it's a decent pickup to bolster depth at the very least. A three-year deal that could be worth $45 million suggests that prominent involvement is on the way.

Considering the Commanders need to replace recently traded Montez Sweat and Chase Young, expect more than one arrival to the position group. But signing Armstrong is a good place to begin their revamp.

Biadasz reportedly received a three-year, $30 million deal. He fills an immediate need after the Commanders released Nick Gates. The former third-round pick gave up three sacks and conceded three penalties from more than 1,000 offensive snaps last season. At least from the outside looking in, this looks like an immediate upgrade and one that can help a rookie signal-caller enormously.

Making a daring double raid on their fierce NFC East rival is a statement of intent. Much more is needed to get the Commanders trending in the right direction, but Peters' opening two signings look solid enough to suggest this could be the start of a profitable period of recruitment.

They aren't the flashiest signings, but they have tremendous upside. Having worked with Quinn before, their transition should be seamless, which is another big plus.

The Commanders are far from done, but this looks like a good start.