4 easy decisions the Commanders can make in 2023 free agency

(Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports) Martin Mayhew, Eric Bieniemy, and Ron Rivera
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Commanders must sign a veteran QB

Sam Howell has a huge opportunity this offseason. The Washington Commanders are giving the quarterback a real shot at winning the starting job, which could provide them with an extremely cheap rookie contract to build around for the next two years if everything goes well.

Howell was impressive on his only start in 2022 against the Dallas Cowboys. The presence of Eric Bieniemy and his renowned prowess for developing talent is another major asset working in the former fifth-round pick’s favor.

Even if all signs point to Washington moving forward with Howell, they have very little depth behind the North Carolina product. Therefore, it’s vital that those in power bring in a veteran via free agency that’s capable of running Bieniemy’s west coast system.

This gives the Commanders a contingency plan in the event Howell fluffs his lines. It also provides the young signal-caller with a solid mentor to assist with his transition into a permanent starting role.

Again, ruling certain things out just because Rivera said Howell will start OTAs atop the depth chart would be foolish. And if a new owner comes into the fold, he might want to mark his first few weeks by making a bold trade for someone like Lamar Jackson.

Jackson might be unattainable. But make no mistake, Washington needs more at football’s most pivotal position.

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