3 reasons Sam Howell should be Commanders QB1 in 2024

Has Sam Howell done enough to be QB1 next season?

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Sam Howell's contract

The Washington Commanders ended what turned out to be a dramatic slide for Sam Howell during the 2022 NFL Draft. Once considered a potential No. 1 overall pick, the former North Carolina star fell into the fifth round after concerns about his final college campaign and how his skill set might not translate to the next level emerged.

Howell lost almost every dynamic playmaker at his disposal to the NFL, so his production needed context attached. Quarterback-needy teams that passed on him are now kicking themselves based on the player's overall output during his first full season as the Washington Commanders starting option.

The Commanders could also benefit greatly if they decide to keep Howell as QB1 in 2024. He'll count just $1.07 million against the salary cap, which is music to the ears of a franchise that could have upwards of $100 million available once early cuts are made.

This is the perfect chance to strengthen other problem positions and build effectively around Howell, especially considering the extra draft assets acquired by trading Chase Young and Montez Sweat. Make no mistake, Washington is also a coveted destination for players and coaches alike with Dan Snyder no longer factoring into the equation.

If Howell's production isn't enough to quite convince the new regime he's worth starting once again in 2024, then the financial implications might tip the scales in his favor.