Grading the Commanders latest six moves including Sam Howell trade

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Commanders signed Anthony Pittman

There is been a supreme focus on reinforcing the defensive second level throughout the early stages of free agency. The new regime is taking a completely different approach to previous head coach Ron Rivera, acquiring several explosive and experienced figures capable of upgrading the linebacking corps considerably.

Frankie Luvu and Bobby Wagner are the two marquee arrivals. One would also expect Jeremy Chinn to spend plenty of time close to the line of scrimmage, which is where his athletic attributes are best suited. But that wasn't all, the Commanders also signed Anthony Pittman to bolster depth.

Pittman didn't impact the Detroit Lions' defensive rotation last season, but he was an influential figure nonetheless. This came thanks to some sterling work on special teams, where he became an impactful force en route to the best campaign of his professional career.

This move has got Lance Newmark's fingerprints all over it. The new Commanders' assistant general manager was a key figure in the Lions' front office before making the move to DC. He'll know what Pittman brings to the table better than anybody, so this transaction comes with an extra seal of approval attached.

Grade: B+

With Jamison Crowder re-signing and Jeremy Reaves also getting a new two-year deal, the additions of Pittman and kicker Brandon McManus strengthen the special teams unit exponentially. The Commanders should be more competitive in 2024, so fine margins will make a big difference.