Ranking the nine best signings from Commanders 2024 free agency

It's was a dramatic start to Adam Peters' first recruitment period.
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4. Austin Ekeler - Commanders RB

Instead of resting on their laurels at the running back position, the Washington Commanders took advantage of a strong free-agent class by acquiring Austin Ekeler. The dual-threat force signed a two-year deal that looks like a potential bargain if he brings his Los Angeles Chargers form - albeit in a reduced role - to the nation's capital.

Ekeler is not going to be a workhorse at this stage of his prolific career. Thanks to the presence of Brian Robinson Jr. - who enjoyed a sensational second campaign in the pros - the Commanders don't need him to be. Assisting as a pass-catcher out of the backfield and forming a productive tandem with the Alabama product is the primary goal. One that looks more than capable of being successfully attained.

The veteran's on-field vision and red-zone efficiency remain despite his advancing years. This is going to make life easier for Washington's new rookie quarterback, whoever that might be from No. 2 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft.

3. Bobby Wagner - Commanders LB

Bobby Wagner joining the Commanders represented a major statement of intent. One that completely legitimized their plans for progress under the power couple of Adam Peters and Dan Quinn. He might not be the force of old, but the linebacker remains highly productive and should be a significant asset both on and off the field.

Wagner is a six-time All-Pro and future first-ballot Pro Football Hall of Famer. More importantly, his 183 tackles for the Seattle Seahawks last season indicate there is still plenty of good football left in the tank. Something the Commanders will need at the defensive second level, which steadily regressed during Ron Rivera's four-year tenure.

While there are some concerns about Wagner's coverage capabilities, his instinctive run-stopping and exceptional communication pre-snap can be extremely helpful. He also knows Quinn well, so the transition should go smoothly.

The Commanders will also use Wagner as a supreme leader to guide those around him through the good times and bad. Providing he doesn't fall off the proverbial cliff and avoids Father Time for another season, this is a home-run signing.