4 Commanders who could be entering their last season with the team in 2023

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Curtis Samuel - Commanders WR

The Washington Commanders have some outstanding wide receivers at their disposal heading into the 2023 campaign. Eric Bieniemy's presence running the offense is exactly what they need to thrive, which only heightens the chances of quarterback Sam Howell finally providing the stability needed under center next season and possibly beyond.

What comes after the season is less certain. Curtis Samuel is heading into a contract year and although the potential for huge numbers under Bieniemy's guidance cannot be dismissed, this might come down to his representative's demands and how it fits into Washington's plans with many others also looking to get paid.

Samuel rejoined Ron Rivera on the Commanders after a successful stint together on the Carolina Panthers and clearly has some dynamic traits. Staying healthy is a concern, but having such an explosive, versatile weapon is the sort of player Bieneimy loves as part of his expansive scheme.

Expect to see Samuel lined up everywhere across the line of scrimmage depending on where the mismatches are. One couldn't dismiss the possibility of deploying the former Ohio State stud in the backfield when opportunities arise.

If Samuel surges forward in terms of consistency and numbers, that's great for the Commanders this season. However, it might add some additional dollars to his potential extension that the franchise cannot afford.

Time will tell.