3 trades the Commanders should consider once sale receives approval

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Commanders could trade for Trey Lance

While the Washington Commanders are comfortable enough moving forward with Sam Howell as their starting quarterback in 2023, there's just no telling what Josh Harris and his ownership group think about the current situation. Ron Rivera isn't going to take meddling in football affairs well, which could lead to a clash of ethos in this scenario.

There will only be one winner in that regard. But this is also about Harris leaving a good first impression by letting the football men make football decisions before potentially becoming more influential during the 2024 off-season.

Howell performed relatively well throughout early workouts. He is coping with extra responsibilities and gradually evolving into a leader within the locker room, but Rivera reiterated that there will still be a competition for the No. 1 spot between the former fifth-round selection and Jacoby Brissett throughout their upcoming training camp.

Of course, if Harris and his ownership team demand more, then something drastic could enter the equation. In this instance, the Commanders could do far worse than put a call into the San Francisco 49ers for Trey Lance.

Lance has endured a rough ride through injuries and faces a fight for his starting future thanks to the presence of Brock Purdy and Sam Darnold. The North Dakota State product cost the earth when San Francisco went up to No. 3 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, so they might drive a hard bargain for anyone taking an interest.

Of all the options on this list, Lance appears the most unlikely. And besides, Rivera's nailed his flag to the mast regarding Howell for good or bad in 2023.