Commanders News: Contracts, Sam Howell, Eric Bieniemy and Brian Davis

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Commanders contract dilemmas

Things haven't been easy for the Washington Commanders this offseason. Recruitment and retention have been restricted to a certain extent due to the ownership flux, with Dan Snyder unwilling to put up his own cash in escrow when the obvious preference on his behalf was allowing someone else to foot the bill.

There are also some contractual matters upcoming that obviously require attention. The likes of Montez Sweat, Curtis Samuel, and Kamren Curl are all looking to get paid before their contracts expire in 2024, which potentially take priority over others such as Chase Young and Kendall Fuller looking at the grand scheme of things.

When discussing the contract dilemmas facing the Commanders, head coach Ron Rivera stated via Outkick that even though everything is on hold until Josh Harris' group gets their transaction rubber-stamped, there is a plan in place to ensure minimal complications moving forward.

"It’s been put out there that everything’s kind of in a holding pattern until we get everything done and put into place. I do know that there is a plan. We’ve had a plan. We went through what the plan was in February, March, April. We’ve adjusted it because we got Daron [Payne] taken care of. And so now, we have a plan to focus on the next few guys that we feel we’ve got to be able to go after. But once the ownership change happens, we’ll be able to sit down with the powers that be and explain to them what we see and hopefully they’ll agree with it, and we’ll be able to go forward."

Ron Rivera via Outkick

Curl and Sweat should be the biggest priorities above all else. If the aforementioned others perform well enough next season, then Washington is likely to reward them accordingly.