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Commanders named biggest offseason winners

Football matters have taken a back seat for most of the Washington Commanders' offseason. Ron Rivera and his staff have been keen to continue with their roster building with limited resources, but the Dan Snyder saga regarding a potential sale quickly emerged as an ongoing distraction and remains so to this day.

Fortunately for everyone associated with the Commanders, Snyder is on his way out after agreeing to sell for $6.05 billion to the ownership group led by Josh Harris. Although the deal is still being vetted by the NFL's finance committee, all signs point to something being approved by the time Week 1 rolls around.

For this reason alone, Bill Barnwell of ESPN placed the Commanders at No. 1 on his list of offseason winners around the league. And as the writer stated, it wouldn't be due to an underwhelming period of recruitment in free agency.

"Team owner Daniel Snyder entered an agreement to sell the franchise. What, you thought this was going to be about signing offensive lineman Andrew Wylie? You can make a reasonable case that no team made a more significant move to aid their chances of becoming a Super Bowl contender this offseason than the Commanders did by beginning to extricate themselves from their disastrous ownership group."

Bill Barnwell, ESPN

Once everything gets rubber-stamped and Snyder is gone for good, the rejoicing can begin. And there's absolutely no doubt FedEx Field will have a completely different feel when the Commanders welcome the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1.