Which Washington Commanders news stories are hitting the headlines as the dust finally settles on a dramatic 2023 trade deadline?
The shock has finally worn off after the Washington Commanders made two bombshell trades just before the 2023 deadline. It's been easy to forget there is a football game to focus on this weekend, which sees Ron Rivera's men look to end a concerning run of recent results at the New England Patriots in Week 9.
Until then, the stories causing conversation include Ron Rivera's reasoning, Sam Howell's relief, Montez Sweat's fresh start, and Chase Young getting a glowing recommendation from his new employers.
Let's delve into each topic in more detail.
Commanders QB Sam Howell's relief
Amid all the trade talk during a frantic Halloween was the potential to move veteran quarterback Jacoby Brissett. According to multiple reports, calls were made to inquire about the signal-caller once it became apparent that the Washington Commanders were selling, but their asking price of a Day 2 pick put off organizations such as the Minnesota Vikings from pulling the trigger.
While there was a strong case to move Brissett given how well second-year gunslinger Sam Howell is performing, there was clear relief on QB1's part to see his teammate stick around based on comments via Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post.
"He's helped me a lot since he's been here. I'm super fortunate to have a guy like that, who's super willing to help me. … I'm happy he's here, and I'm happy we get to finish this year together. … I go into the game more confident knowing he's there to help me."- Sam Howell via X/Twitter
It's unlikely Brissett will see the field unless injury strikes. However, he remains an integral part of Howell's development behind the scenes during game-week preparations.