Grading the Commanders' latest five signings in 2024 free agency

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Dante Fowler Jr.
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Commanders signed Dante Fowler Jr.

It's no secret that the Washington Commanders needed to bolster their pass rush this offseason. They began the legal tampering period by bringing in defensive end Dorance Armstrong. Dan Quinn turned to another close associate in pursuit of solidifying depth during his second opportunity as an NFL head coach.

According to reports, the Commanders have agreed to terms with Dante Fowler Jr. The edge presence played under Quinn on the Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys. He might not be the force of old, but he's an experienced body who'll be a useful asset as a situational rusher and mentor to younger players such as K.J. Henry and Andre Jones Jr.

Fowler gained 10 sacks over his two seasons in Dallas. His snap count reduced to 25 percent last year as Micah Parsons, DeMarcus Lawrence, and Armstrong took center stage. The production was decent enough for Quinn to bring him on board once again, but it remains to be seen whether or not his involvement will increase.

Grade: B-

The Commanders' lack of competent depth was exposed last season once those in power traded Montez Sweat and Chase Young before the deadline. Fowler is an upgrade, but asking him to fill a starting role might be unrealistic unless he transitions better than anticipated to a different environment.