Commanders News: Trade talk, power rankings, Jacoby Brissett and Ron Rivera

Looking closer at the latest Commanders news and rumors from around the media.

Sam Howell and Jacoby Brissett
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Could the Commanders trade Jacoby Brissett?

As previously stated by head coach Ron Rivera, the Washington Commanders are seemingly all-in on quarterback Sam Howell's development this season for good or bad. That means it's difficult to envisage a scenario where veteran Jacoby Brissett sees the field barring an injury, which isn't entirely out of the question when one considers how inept the offensive line is performing.

Brissett has proven to be a dependable presence under center when called upon. Something that led Zac Jackson of The Athletic to suggest the Cleveland Browns should make a move to bring him back via trade depending on the health of starting quarterback Deshaun Watson.

"If the Browns think they need a quarterback at any point for the next, say, four games, acquiring Brissett makes sense. He is beloved in the locker room, knows the offense and has experience throwing to most of the Browns’ top pass catchers. Cleveland signed Brissett after acquiring Watson in March 2022. He started all 11 games when Watson was suspended and posted his best season in terms of completion percentage (64.0) and quarterback rating (88.9). The Browns were 4-7, but several of those losses could be pinned on defensive failures. This year’s defense is revamped, improved and has been one of the league’s best. Can the Browns afford to waste it? Don’t the folks in charge owe it to the defense — and to the locker room — to do whatever is necessary to give this team the best possible chance at quarterback given the uncertain and disappointing circumstances?"

Zac Jackson, The Athletic

This is an interesting scenario and one that Brissett would no doubt welcome. P.J. Walker has been playing well when Watson's out of the lineup, but the Commanders' backup is a definite upgrade based on his full body of work and familiarity with Cleveland's setup.

Whether the Commanders would part ways with Howell's locker room mentor is another matter. But nothing should be off the table currently.