Grading the Commanders' first seven signings in 2024 free agency

Adam Peters wasted no time in making his presence felt.
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Commanders signed Dorance Armstrong

After trading Montez Sweat and Chase Young before the 2023 deadline, finding productive edge rushers was another key need for the Washington Commanders this offseason. While it would be wise for those in power to acquire several additions in this critical area of the field, they quickly turned to someone who played their best football under Dan Quinn.

It didn't take long for speculation to rise surrounding Dorance Armstrong's potential arrival once Quinn became head coach. The defensive end flashed on the Dallas Cowboys defensive rotation under his guidance. This was overshadowed by more high-profile names such as Micah Parsons and DeMarcus Lawrence, but he reportedly generated considerable interest from teams looking to strengthen their pass-rushing options.

Armstrong opted for an instant reunion with Quinn, which can help the Commanders. There is some concern about how the player can handle extra responsibilities from a starting role, but his ability to set the edge against the run and explosiveness getting after the quarterback leave reasons for encouragement.

Grade: B

This is a solid signing, especially if the Commanders plan to make Armstrong one of their legitimate starting options. That said, general manager Adam Peters should still scour the market and examine edge-rushing draft prospects as one of his top priorities in the coming weeks.