5 veteran quarterbacks the Commanders could pursue in 2023

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Which veteran quarterbacks could the Washington Commanders pursue in free agency as a potential backup to Sam Howell next season?

Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera has publicly endorsed quarterback Sam Howell on many occasions, and all signs point to him getting a legitimate shot at the starting job in 2023. The former first-round prospect that was eventually taken in the fifth didn’t get many opportunities in his rookie campaign but made the most of it in his lone start against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 18.

Enough, it seems, for Rivera and the Commanders’ staff to attempt to move forward with him under center. Is it the right move? That remains to be seen, but the team could very well be attracted to the financial freedom allowed by Howell’s low-salary rookie contract.

Howell’s skill set is promising, but every young quarterback could use a solid veteran to back him up. With Taylor Heinicke entering free agency and Carson Wentz likely to be released, the young signal caller may find himself as the lone man unless help arrives.

That’s a pretty big hole for the Commanders to fill, and a major jump for Howell, who was inactive for a large portion of 2023.

After presumably releasing Wentz, Washington will have plenty of money to bolster their options via free agency. Luckily for them, there is a decent amount of 2sperienced players out there to choose from.

On this subject, let’s take a look at some of the backup quarterbacks the Commanders could bring in for 2023.