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Commanders Sign More Than A Dozen Undrafted Free Agents

Coming off a busy Day 3 of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Commanders continued their search for new talent this week. Washington have signed more than a dozen undrafted free agents already. In doing so, they hope they can find a gem or two to plug into their lineup.

The descriptive word you heard most for this year’s draft was “deep”. So it only makes sense that even after 7 rounds of selections, the Commanders still had work to do. Take note of how many “academic” mentions there are – obviously something that Head Coach Ron Rivera was looking for.

Here is a list of the players that Washington have signed as UDFA’s already:

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Washington Commanders Free Agent Signings And Re-Signings

The new league year began on March 16th, and with it, there was a frenzy of activity as teams try and better themselves for the upcoming season. What have the Washington Commanders done?

Keep checking back to this page for all of their major signings, re-signings and trades.

Updated: March 24th

Trades

The biggest news of the off-season for Washington so far, is acquiring veteran quarterback Carson Wentz from the Indianapolis Colts.

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Brandon Scherff Expected To Sign With Jacksonville Jaguars

The writing was apparently on the wall. Washington couldn’t justifiably tag Brandon Scherff again in 2022, so he was expected to be heading somewhere else. On Monday, it was reported by various sources that Scherff would be heading to Jacksonville.

The 30-year old stalwart right guard spent the last seven seasons in Washington. He was named to the Pro Bowl five of those seven years.  He is also the ONLY Washington player to be named an All-Pro in the last 26 years.

Terms of the deal were not announced, as the deal cannot become official until 4pm on Wednesday.

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Wentz Ends Washington’s Desperate Search For A Quarterback

Washington’s desperate search for a quarterback came to an end on Wednesday. The Commanders reportedly struck a deal with the Indianapolis Colts for Carson Wentz. The deal will not be finalized until next week when the 2022 league year officially begins.

According to reports, Washington gave up a 3rd round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, as well as at least a 3rd round pick in 2023. If Wentz plays more than 70% of the snaps in 2022, that 2023 draft pick would increase to a 2nd round pick for Washington. The two teams also swapped their 2nd round picks in this year’s draft (Washington’s 42nd overall for Indianapolis’ 47th). Further reports today state that Washington will also receive a 7th round pick in the 2022 Draft.

Additionally, the Commanders will pay Wentz’ entire 2022 salary of $28-million-plus dollars.

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Washington Sign Eight Players To Futures Contracts

On Monday the Washington Football Team announced that they had signed eight players to futures contracts. Washington have many holes to fill, and have started filling them before the 2021 season is even finished.

Among the eight were three wide receivers that included recent draft picks Antonio Gandy-Golden and Kelvin Harmon.

Harmon was selected in the sixth round in 2019, and had a solid rookie campaign. He caught 30 passes for 365 yards and showed real promise.

But a torn ACL railroaded his 2020 aspirations, and he has yet to see any further game time. He was cut in August, and subsequently re-signed to the practice squad in late September.

Gandy-Golden was selected in the fourth round of the 2020 draft. He was actually released at one point in 2021.

Marken Michel was the other receiver signed Monday. He was released by the Eagles in August and was not on an NFL roster in 2021.

There were also four offensive linemen on the list – Beau Benzschawel (G),  Deion Calhoun (G), Nolan Laufenburg (G), and Zack Bailey (OL).

Defensive tackle Tyler Clark was the other player signed Monday.

Other

In other housekeeping news, Washington also removed William Jackson III from the Covid-19 list.

 

 

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Left Tackle Charles Leno Jr. Signs A Three-Year Extension

The Washington Football Team and Charles Leno agreed to a three-year contract extension on Wednesday night. Mike Garafalo of NFL network reported that it was a $37.5 million extension – making Leno the twelfth highest paid tackle in the league.

He was signed by Washington in May, when the Chicago Bears cut him in a cost-saving move.

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Slye Signed To Ignite WFT Kicking Game, And Blewitt Out

After saying that they were not going to make a kicking change this week, Washington made a kicking change this week. The Football Team signed Joey Slye, who was recently released by the San Francisco 49ers. The WFT released Chris Blewitt, who had more success as an internet meme than he did on the football field.

Not that surprising a move, and almost necessary given the kicking issues in the last two outings.

Regardless, Coach Ron Rivera still stated with great conviction that Blewitt would not be replaced this week.

Right before replacing him.

As is sometimes the case in the business of sports.

Recapping The SNAFU

The grass is always greener on the other side.

An old cliché, but all too apt a description for Washington’s kicking woes.

If somehow you missed the fun, here is how the Football Team got themselves into the dilemma in the first place.

On October 20th, Washington quietly released long-time kicker Dustin Hopkins. Was he struggling? Yes and no. He was a very acceptable 12-for-14 on field-goal attempts, but was 9-for-12 on extra-point attempts. Obviously that isn’t the rock solid performance you want out of your kicker, but Hopkins was a proven veteran. It seemed relatively surprising when he was released.

To replace Hopkins, Washington signed a completely unproven entity in Blewitt. He had zero NFL kicking experience, but had been a good kicker at Pittsburgh University. Five years ago.

It didn’t go as well as they hoped.

In two games, he actually had more field goals blocked, than he kicked. That must be some sort of record or at least footnote worthy stat somewhere.

Three blocked field goals in two games seems like an anomaly that may have only happened once. Let alone in a guy’s first five attempts.

For Comparison’s Sake

Slye is 11-for-13 on field goals in 2021. Those numbers are split between three games with the Houston Texans to start the year, and then three with the 49ers. The 49ers let him got after he’d kicked 7 of his 8 field goal attempts. He did miss two-out-of-four point after attempts in San Fran though.

He missed one in Houston as well.

In fact, Slye is 9-of-12 on point after attempts. Exactly the same statistic that cost Dustin Hopkins his job.

You can’t make this stuff up.

So Washington got rid of a 7-year veteran because he had gone 9-for-12 on point afters, for a new guy who has gone 9-for-12 on point afters.

Oh, and in the process have already had two games of complete kicking uncertainty thanks to the moves.

He Blewitt

It’s quite probable that you never see Chris Blewitt on an NFL football field again.

What a legacy.

At least he can tell his grandkids that he kicked a 50+ yard field goal in an NFL game.

And was a perfect 2-for-2 on point after attempts.

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Trade Deadline Today, What WFT Players Might Be Available?

The National Football League’s trade deadline is today at 4pm. After dropping to 2-6 on the weekend, the Washington Football Team certainly could be sellers as their playoff aspirations are already disappearing. Head Coach Ron Rivera has indicated that he will be evaluating everything over the team’s bye week.

Will any deals get done today?

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Week 7: Washington Tweaks Practice Squad With Four Moves

Washington made a couple of roster moves today, all practice squad related. The team announced this afternoon that they had added kicker Chris Blewitt and linebacker De’Jon Harris.

Blewitt was signed to the practice squad earlier in the month, but released just over a week later. He will have a tryout this week with two other kickers – Sam Sloman and Lirim Hajrullahu.

Washington also signed free agent linebacker De’Jon Harris. The 6’3″ Arkansas product, was signed by the New England patriots after going undrafted last year. The Green Bay Packers signed him to their practice squad when he was cut by the Patriots on cut-down day. He re-signed with the Packers at the close of the 2020 season, but was released during their final 2021 cuts.

To make room for the additions, Washington released wide receiver Kelvin Harmon, and safety Cole Luke.

Harmon spent the 2020 season on Washington’s non-football injury list, after tearing his ACL training. He was released in August, but signed to the team’s practice squad again a few weeks ago.

Luke’s stay was brief. He had only been re-signed to the practice squad last week.

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Corn Elder Signed To Boost Banged Up Washington Secondary

The Washington Football Team needed to make a roster move today, after cornerback Darryl Roberts was put on Injured Reserve. Washington looked to Head Coach Ron Rivera’s former team as they have so often in his tenure. They signed cornerback Corn Elder off the Carolina Panthers’ practice squad on Wednesday.

Elder was drafted by Rivera and the Panthers in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

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