5 realistic goals for the Washington Commanders in 2023 free agency

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Commanders must sign veteran QB

Sam Howell is going to get a legitimate chance to lead the Washington Commanders in 2023. Confidence is high within the organization about what the quarterback could bring with additional development, but it’s hard to say one way or another right now with such a small sample size to go off during his rookie campaign.

The Commanders have been starved of decent production under center for years. Eric Bieniemy’s presence in Washington should help Howell a great deal, but head coach Ron Rivera pointed out recently that competition will be arriving in some capacity before OTAs.

Taking one of the top four quarterbacks entering from the college level is unrealistic from No. 16 overall, to put it mildly. Therefore, finding a veteran capable of pushing Howell and mentoring the former fifth-round selection is of paramount importance.

Players like Jimmy Garoppolo are probably out of the Commanders’ price range. However, the promise of being part of Bieniemy’s project makes Washington a more appealing destination for any signal-caller looking for another chance elsewhere.

After the Carson Wentz trade bombed out miserably, the Commanders must get their next choice right at football’s most crucial position. Otherwise, the ramifications for those in power will be franchise-altering.

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