Grading the Commanders' latest five signings in 2024 free agency

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Commanders signed Jeremy Chinn

Jeremy Chinn looked like a potential superstar after taking the NFL by storm as a rookie in 2020. A steady decline followed through no real fault of his own. Now the athletic do-it-all defender gets the chance to resurrect his career with the Washington Commanders after agreeing to terms on a one-year, $5.1 million deal.

Chinn reportedly turned down multiple advances in favor of joining Dan Quinn's ambitious project. This is also the second signing from the Carolina Panthers after the Commanders secured the services of stud linebacker Frankie Luvu. If the new head coach and Joe Whitt Jr. use him correctly and he stays clear of injury, this has the makings of an absolute steal.

The former second-round pick's best football comes when he's close to the line of scrimmage. Carolina halted his momentum by switching him back to his college position of safety. He wasn't the same influential presence and didn't look suited to Ejiro Evero's 3-4 base system last season.

Grade: A-

Chinn needs to be involved with Washington's linebacking corps. He could potentially occupy the WILL role effectively in a 4-3, but creativity is key. The athleticism and instincts are there to become an impact player under Quinn and Whitt's guidance. Judging by their successful attempt to convince the Southern Illinois college product to come on board, they see it too.