Which teams could potentially take a look at quarterback Sam Howell if the Washington Commanders deem him surplus to requirements in 2024?
After a rollercoaster first season as the Washington Commanders' starting quarterback, Sam Howell faces an uncertain future. There were flashes of what he could become with a better-supporting cast. However, the steep regression in difficult circumstances over the second half of 2023 is unlikely to go unnoticed by the new regime.
The Commanders are embarking on an exciting era of change. Adam Peters is the general manager. Ben Johnson might be the head coach if recent momentum is any indication. They also have the No. 2 overall selection in the 2024 NFL Draft to find a long-term franchise quarterback and a rookie contract to build around.
In this scenario, the Commanders might feel like a veteran is needed to help nurture their chosen draft pick. This would relegate Howell to No. 3 on the depth chart, so a situation could emerge where Washington starts taking calls from teams looking to bolster their options under center.
With this in mind, here are three potential landing spots for Howell if the Commanders decide to go in a different direction.
Commanders could trade Sam Howell to the Falcons
It seems as if Desmond Ridder's time as the Atlanta Falcons starting quarterback is over. Their failure to win the NFC South and the introduction of Raheem Morris as head coach indicate changes are on the way. They might have a bigger fish in mind, but Sam Howell would be walking into a tremendous situation if this hypothetical scenario became reality.
The Falcons have an abundance of weapons at the skill positions. They have a dynamic running-back tandem. Their offensive line can hold its own. All they are seemingly missing is a signal-caller who can steer them in the right direction.
Howell would also reunite with a familiar face in Atlanta. Former Washington Commanders quarterback Taylor Henicke is under contract next season, which would allow for a smooth transition to a different environment.