Commanders could sign Sam Darnold (QB)
Perhaps the biggest conundrum facing the Washington Commanders from a playing personnel standpoint centers on the quarterback position. It looked like Sam Howell could be the answer long-term once upon a time. His steep regression in difficult circumstances over the second half of 2023 all but guarantees extra reinforcements are coming.
Veteran backup Jacoby Brissett will likely depart in free agency. The Commanders also hold the No. 2 overall selection in the 2024 NFL Draft, putting them in a strong position to select someone like Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, or Jayden Daniels. Howell's future is also up in the air following a rollercoaster first season as the No. 1 option.
If Brissett leaves, the Commanders could allocate some of their substantial financial resources to finding another veteran. Especially considering quarterbacks taken in the top five come with expectations to start right away in the modern-day NFL.
Adam Peters was part of the brain trust that signed Sam Darnold in free agency last year. Things haven't gone according to plan for the former No. 3 overall selection out of USC. His time with the New York Jets was a disaster. His trade to the Carolina Panthers didn't come off. He's played second-fiddle to Brocky Purdy with the San Francisco 49ers, which is likely to be the signal-caller's role moving forward.
This season highlighted the need to have a stable backup at football's most crucial position. If Howell is traded - which is entirely possible with the Commanders in the market for the latest hot prospect from the college ranks - acquiring an experienced figure such as Darnold is almost guaranteed.