Grading the Commanders' first seven signings in 2024 free agency

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Commanders signed Frankie Luvu

With Jamin Davis being the only linebacker under contract worthy of starting responsibilities, the Washington Commanders needed to find additional assistance at their defensive second level. Someone with the tone-setting credentials that were sorely lacking under previous head coach Ron Rivera.

Mission accomplished.

The Commanders agreed to terms with Frankie Luvu, who is a difference-maker in every sense of the word. His production since becoming a starter with the Carolina Panthers came in for significant praise. He's a sideline-to-sideline force who evolved into the beating heart of their progressive defense in 2023.

Luvu can play anywhere along the linebacking corps with supreme efficiency. He impacts the game in all phases, makes everyone around him better, and brings an infectious enthusiasm that teammates gravitate towards. Considering the money involved, this could be an absolute steal when it's all said and done.

This was a home run hit. One that can benefit the Commanders on the field and in the locker room.

Grade: A+

Luvu was arguably the best all-around linebacker on the market and the Commanders snapped him up in a cost-effective manner. The player is sure to thrive within Dan Quinn and Joe Whitt Jr.'s system. This move should also allow Davis to be deployed more in keeping with his athletic attributes - something else that also has the scope to improve Washington's defense overall.