Commanders to sign guard Trai Turner for one-year deal

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Two days after completing their 2022 draft class, the Washington Commanders continued to add to their list Monday. They are expected to sign guard Trai Turner on a $ 3 million one-year contract, according to people with knowledge of the case.

Turner, a third-round draft pick of the Panthers who played for Coach Ron Rivera of Carolina from 2014 to 2019, adds to Washington’s competition on the right guard following Brandon Scherff’s departure for Jacksonville. With the exception of a brief stint in 2016, when he switched to right tackling, Turner has played all of his offensive snaps in the NFL on the right guard, and he has earned five Pro Bowl picks along the way.

Earlier in the free agency, commanders Andrew Norwell, another former Carolina Panther, signed on to take over as left guard following the release of Ereck Flowers.

Once the draft is complete, the bosses focus on filling in the gaps

In 2020, the Panthers switched the Los Angeles Chargers to tackle Russell Okung. In his only season in LA, Turner was limited to nine games due to a groin injury before being released. He signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in June last year and started all 17 games on the right guard.

At the league meetings in March, Rivera said the right guard will be in a “very competitive position” in training camp, with Wes Schweitzer and Saahdiq Charles among those expected to fight for the job. The commanders took Chris Paul, a 6-foot-4, 324-pound guard out of Tulsa, in the seventh round Saturday. He has experience from both guard and tackle positions, but will likely be more of a development player and backup.

After the draft, Rivera indicated that the commanders will continue to add pieces.

“Last year, we were able to fill a couple of places that we really thought we were comfortable with,” Rivera said. “We found our left tackle (Charles Leno Jr.), we found our returns (DeAndre Carter) after the draft.”

Several rookies are joining the fold

The commanders announced that they had signed 13 undisclosed free agents. The team is holding its rookie minicamp from May 5th to 7th.

Here are the 13 additions:

CB De’Vante Cross, Virginia

CB Josh Drayden, California

WR Jequez Ezzard, Sam Houston State

LB Ferrod Gardner, Louisiana Lafayette

TE Curtis Hodges, Arizona State

QB Cole Kelley, southeastern Louisiana

WR Kyric McGowan, Georgia Tech

DE Jacub Panasiuk, Michigan State

G Tyrese Robinson, Oklahoma

CB Devin Taylor, Bowling Green

LB Drew White, Notre Dame

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