Feb 5, 2024; Ashburn, VA, USA; Washington Commanders head coach Dan Quinn (L) smiles as Commanders general manager Adam Peters (R) speaks during Quinn's introductory press conference at Commanders Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Cap-rich Commanders reload with Dan Quinn as lead recruiter

With head coach Dan Quinn serving as lead recruiter, Washington utilized a league-high $92 million under the salary cap entering free agency to overhaul the roster in a rapid rebuild attempt under first-time general manager Adam Peters.

Quinn helped orchestrate the arrival of reinforcements reuniting with the former Cowboys defensive coordinator, Falcons head coach and Seahawks defensive coordinator, including linebacker Bobby Wagner (Seahawks), defensive ends Dorance Armstrong (Cowboys) and Dante Fowler (Cowboys) and center Tyler Biadasz (Cowboys).

Wagner, who reportedly signed a one-year deal worth $8.5 million, played for Quinn and current linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. in Seattle.

Linebacker Frankie Luvu (Panthers) and defensive lineman Clelin Ferrell (Raiders) are also on board and fill pressing defensive needs. Luvu’s teammate in Carolina, safety/linebacker hybrid Jeremy Chinn, brings a diverse playmaking reputation to Quinn’s crew.

Peters scored a few playmakers, too, signing former Chargers All-Pro running back Austin Ekeler to a two-year deal and bringing tight end Zach Ertz on board.

Former No. 2 pick Marcus Mariota agreed to a deal to join a Washington quarterback room in flux. Ferrell was the No. 4 pick in the 2019 draft and Fowler was drafted third in 2015.

In total, thirteen players agreed to terms before signings could become official at the start of the league year on Wednesday.

Peters also has five picks in the top 100, starting with the No. 2 selection, in the 2024 NFL draft. Washington currently has nine total selections in the draft.

–Field Level Media

November 13, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers guard Matt Feiler (71) after the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

NFL transaction roundup: Matt Feiler finds home with Bucs

Free agent offensive lineman Matt Feiler signed with the Buccaneers after being released by the Chargers last season.

Feiler made 33 total starts in two seasons with Los Angeles.

The 30-year-old was undrafted in 2014 and signed with the Houston Texans before spending four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He has 73 career starts in 78 games and could slide into the guard spot Tampa left vacant after trading Shaq Mason to the Texans in March.

–Offensive tackle Ethan Greenidge signed with the Atlanta Falcons after four seasons with the New Orleans Saints.

Greenidge was undrafted in 2019 and spent the season on the inactive list. He played in 15 games in 2020 but was placed on injured reserve out of training camp each of the past two seasons.

Greenidge, 25, can play guard and tackle. With the top two tackle spots likely covered in Atlanta, the 335-pounder could be in play as a guard or swing tackle with the Falcons.

–Field Level Media

Jun 9, 2021; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kellen Mond (11) participates in drills at OTA at TCO Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Kellen Mond signs rookie deal with Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings came to terms with rookie third-round pick Kellen Mond. Per the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the deal is worth a reported $5.223 million over three years.

The No. 66 overall pick in the 2021 draft, Mond brings a wealth of experience from his time at Texas A&M to the table. A four-year starter, Mond saw his touchdown-to-interception ration spike dramatically in 2020, from a 2:1 ratio up to 6:1.

He threw for 2,282 yards with 19 touchdowns and three interceptions in 10 games in 2020, leading the Aggies to a 9-1 finish. He participated in the Senior Bowl, earning MVP honors.

Mond joins returnees Jake Browning and Nate Stanley as backup options to starter Kirk Cousins. Browning has bounced on and off the roster over his two years, while Stanley was a 2020 seventh-round pick.

Cousins is coming off a 2020 that saw him throw for 4,265 yards with 35 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

–Field Level Media

May 14, 2021; Flowery Branch, Georgia, USA;  Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman Jalen Mayfield (77) lines up for a play during rookie camp at the Falcons Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Falcons ink five players from 2021 draft

The Atlanta Falcons announced that they have signed five of their 2021 draft picks. The signings include offensive lineman Jalen Mayfield, defensive lineman Ta’Quon Graham and a trio of sixth-round picks: linebacker Adetokunbo Ogundeji, cornerback Avery Williams and wide receiver Frank Darby.

The Falcons have yet to sign top draftee Kyle Pitts, the No. 4 overall selection and tight end out of Florida.

Mayfield, the 68th overall pick in the third round, played three seasons at Michigan, allowing only two sacks in 18 games.

Taken 148th overall (fifth round), Graham played in 48 career games at Texas, with nine starts and seven tackles for loss in 2020.

Ojundeji, a Notre Dame product, appeared in 43 games and earned captain’s honors and a Reese’s Senior Bowl invitation in 2020.

Boise State produced Williams, who was a four-year corner and return specialist for the Broncos. He totaled nine total touchdowns on returns in his career.

Darby played at Arizona State, notching 67 receptions for 1,317 yards and 13 touchdowns for his career.

–Field Level Media