Commanders news: Drake Maye, Eric Bieniemy, Tyron Smith and stadium change

Examining the latest Commanders news and rumors from around the media.
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Commanders linked with Tyron Smith

Charles Leno Jr.'s release means the Washington Commanders have a desperate need at the left tackle position. This looks like a decent draft class to find a long-term solution to pair with their rookie quarterback. That said, those in power would also be wise to explore the list of free-agent options available.

The most accomplished by a considerable margin is Tyron Smith. The All-Pro might be in the twilight of his glittering career, but the production remains exceptional despite some health issues. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, his time with the Dallas Cowboys has all but come to an end.

This should have the Commanders and others around the league on high alert. Jordan Dajani from CBS Sports named Washington as one of three ideal fits for the blindside presence along with the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams. The writer highlighted being able to offer Smith a financial package others can't could tip the scales in their favor.

"Who says [Tyron] Smith even has to leave the division? He could potentially join forces with Dan Quinn in Washington. The Commanders seem like a logical landing spot for two reasons. One, Washington can afford to pay Smith whatever he wants, as the Commanders have $91,542,471 in cap space, which trails just the New England Patriots. Second, the Commanders now have a need at left tackle after cutting veteran Charles Leno earlier this week. Washington is revamping the offensive line, and that could include adding a veteran left tackle to protect rookie QBs Drake Maye or Jayden Daniels."

Jordan Dajani, CBS Sports

Smith would be an impressive short-term solution if he can stay healthy. He looks to have one or two more good years left. His experience and high-quality performance levels would be a major asset to a rookie signal-caller if the Commanders take one at No. 2 overall, but joining a Cowboys' rival after competing against them for so many years might not be in his train of thought.