How is the Commanders secondary shaping up heading into the summer?

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How is the Washington Commanders secondary shaping up heading into an important summer for the organization before the 2023 season?

When the Washington Commanders claimed cornerback Cameron Dantzer Sr. off waivers back in March, a lot of fans thought they had gotten a steal. The former third-round pick, still just 24 years old, had a world of talent.

No one was quite sure why the Minnesota Vikings had soured on Dantzler. But he seemed like an ideal complement to projected starters Kendall Fuller and Benjamin St-Juste.

Less than three months later, Dantzler has been waived. Again, no one is completely sure why. But it does seem like an appropriate time to consider the Commanders secondary as we begin the long hot summer.

Here, then, is a quick capsule look at what the Commanders have, and how these players are likely to function in the 2023 season.

The release of Dantzler coincided with the signing of free agent safety Terrell Burgess, leaving Washington with 11 cornerbacks, six-and-a-half safeties (explanation to follow), and one player who is currently listed as a more generic defensive back.

Here’s the breakdown: