Commanders News: Sam Howell, Jacoby Brissett, Carson Wentz and Kazmeir Allen

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Commanders have one of NFL's best backup QBs

While all signs point to the Washington Commanders moving forward with Sam Howell as their No. 1 quarterback option heading into the campaign, the jury is still out as to whether or not this decision is going to pay off. But the front office did pick up a decent insurance policy in the form of Jacoby Brissett.

The Commanders signed Brissett to a one-year, $8 million deal with $7.5 million guaranteed after performing relatively well for the Cleveland Browns last season. He'll be tasked with assisting Howell in whatever way possible throughout the preparation period, but head coach Ron Rivera stated there will be a competition between the pair at training camp before something becomes official.

When ranking the best backup quarterbacks around the league in a recent feature, Gilberto Manzano of Sports Illustrated via Yahoo Sports placed Brissett at No. 2 on the list behind only Andy Dalton, who joined the Carolina Panthers in free agency to work alongside Bryce Young.

"Last season, [Jacoby] Brissett didn’t produce many wins in Cleveland (4–7 while filling in for [Deshaun] Watson), but he managed a productive offense, proving why he remains one of the best backups in the league. He helped wide receiver Amari Cooper find his footing with the Browns and did enough in the passing game to maintain a balanced attack for running back Nick Chubb. Brissett has started 48 games in his seven-year career, throwing 48 touchdowns against 23 interceptions."

Gilbert Manzano, SI via Yahoo Sports

Brissett obviously fancies his chances of involvement, which cannot be ruled out at some stage. But the best-case scenario for the Commanders is Howell thriving on a cheap rookie deal and their free-agent signing becoming nothing more than a high-quality mentor.