Commanders urge former Broncos priority free agent not to waive waivers
Washington commanders made a series of roster changes on Monday. Unfortunately, none of them involved signing a linebacker to provide depth behind Cole Holcomb and Jamin Davis, or even start Davis over, but we digress.
Ironically, their moves included the release of LB Jordan Kunasyzk, who played mostly on special teams during his two seasons in Washington.
Why did the commanders feel compelled to release Kunasyzk? It was actually a corresponding move to make room for two undrafted free agent signings: Delaware defensive back Nijuel Hill and Southern Illinois LB Bryce Notree.
Hill and Notree played in college and they’ll likely have a chance to compete for a spot on the roster or practice squad. If nothing else, they will provide the necessary depth during the OTAs, which start in one week, mandatory minicamp and training camp.
Later in the day, COs claimed towering offensive lineman Drew Himmelman excluding Broncos derogations. In a corresponding move, the club released keeper Zack Bailey, who was part of the practice squad last year.
Commanders claimed former Broncos priority free agent Drew Himmelman on Monday.
Another development project for John Matsko, you say? Sign us up. The veteran coach has worked wonders with Washington’s offensive line since Ron Rivera brought him in from Carolina after he was hired in the 2020 offseason.
At 6-foot-9 and 315 pounds, Himmelman steps in as the CO’s most imposing offensive lineman. He left Illinois State undrafted last year after enjoying a successful college career. As a senior in 2020, he earned First Team All-America honors from The Associated Press and was invited to the East/West Shrine Bowl, although the game was not played due to the pandemic. .
Himmelman spent the entire 2021 season on Denver’s practice squad, but they jumped through hoops to bring him on board as he received the biggest bonus among Denver’s undrafted free agent signings. the team last year. According to 9News in Denver, Himmelman received a $25,000 signing bonus and $150,000 in guarantees.
Himmelman actually had interest from the Chargers, but he landed with Commanders due to waiver priority. Like most tall tackles, the second-year pro struggles to place the drop pitch in pass protection (anchoring), but perhaps Matsko can work his magic and help the young OL to correct this defect.
If that happened, Himmelman could compete for a spot on the roster. As of this writing, the Commanders only backup tackles are Cornelius Lucas, who can play in both positions, and Saahdiq Charles, who looked significantly better last campaign after being drafted as an out of tackle tackle. LSU in the 2020 draft.