Commanders News: Eric Bieniemy, Sam Howell, Ron Rivera and Drake Maye

Examining the latest Commanders news and rumors from around the media.
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Sam Howell's relationship with Drake Maye

There is mounting speculation about what the Washington Commanders will do with their first-round pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. While some are clamoring for the franchise to take one of the two premier left tackles, others are looking for a bigger splash by bringing in either Drake Maye or Caleb Williams.

The Commanders might have a top-three selection if they keep losing. It's a decision those currently around won't be making. So much will depend on how the incoming regime views Sam Howell's production during his first season as Washington's starting quarterback.

Howell has a strong relationship with Maye - the prospect that could replace him when it's all said and done. Despite this, the player recently highlighted his close relationship with the incoming college hopeful stemming from their time at North Carolina based on comments via USA Today Sports.

"I talk to Drake pretty much every day. He’s one of my really good friends, just super excited for him. What a great career, and it’s been so much fun to watch him and just knowing who he is, the type of person he is, and how hard he’s worked to get to where he is; it’s so much fun to watch. Obviously, super excited for him to be in the NFL, and he definitely deserves it. He has a good head on his shoulders and a lot of really good people around him that will help lead him in the right direction. I try to be there for him anytime he needs something. It’s getting ready to get busy for him with the training and everything, so I’m excited for him. He’ll handle it well, and he’ll come to the NFL and light it up, for sure."

Sam Howell via USA Today Sports

The Commanders will explore every avenue in pursuit of taking this franchise forward. They have a wealth of draft capital and could possess over $100 million to spend in free agency. Because of this, the possibilities are endless providing Washington hires the right people.