Commanders news: Drake Maye, Jayden Daniels, Shaka Toney and draft factors

Examining the latest Commanders news and rumors from around the media.
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Commanders draft uncertainty

With no scandal coming from the Washington Commanders after Dan Snyder mercifully left town with a little less than $6 billion in his pocket, some around the media are trying to cause distraction and controversy instead. It's wild speculation, thanks in no small part to the professional, close-knit football operation under Adam Peters.

There have been no leaks within the building. People are basing opinions on what they hear from league sources rather than anyone directly involved in Washington's decision-making process. This is wide-ranging - from which quarterback the Commanders will take at No. 2 overall to the supposed involvement of majority ownership partner Josh Harris during their evaluations.

Mike Florio from Pro Football Talk remains one of the main protagonists. During an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show, he doubled down on his claims that Harris had been more involved than most seemed to initially suggest. This was based on his discussions with people outside the franchise.

“I think there’s real drama…There’s a new ownership group…This is Josh Harris’ first draft…He’s more involved in the football operation than people thought he was going to be…For a lot of these teams, it’s the owner’s decision…There’s talk about the Raiders wanting (Jayden) Daniels and Daniels wanting the Raiders."

This notion was refuted by Peters during his pre-draft media availability. While the front-office leader acknowledged Harris' presence in some meetings, it was merely to observe and provide the primary football decision-makers with everything they needed to ensure this process went smoothly.

He's well within his right to do that. Providing every possible resource to improve Washington's chances of finding the right quarterback can only help matters. And yet, people are willing to run with anything to cause unnecessary concern among the fanbase, who've been through the wringer more than most.

Harris is a smart man who's got experience successfully running sports franchises. He'll also know how important it is to let qualified front office personnel he appointed make these big calls. Anything less is the same organizational malpractice displayed on countless occasions when Snyder held absolute power.