Grading the Commanders latest six moves including Sam Howell trade

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Commanders let Curtis Samuel walk

Another big name has gone as part of the Washington Commanders' ambitious plans for the future. Curtis Samuel was solid if not spectacular during his three-year stint with the franchise. But with long-time associate Ron Rivera heading out of the door, the versatile wide receiver opted to take his chances elsewhere.

Samuel signed a deal with the Buffalo Bills to provide quarterback Josh Allen with another dangerous target. The Commanders were never going to extend the former second-round pick out of Ohio State at the price reported. This was a three-year, $24 million deal with $15 million guaranteed that could rise to $30 million based on incentives.

The Commanders need better playmakers to put around their new quarterback. Jahan Dotson and Terry McLaurin will play their part, but another option or two wouldn't be the worst idea in the world to ensure offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury hits the ground running. Adam Peters has enough money to identify a free agent if the opportunity presents itself. It's also worth remembering that this is expected to be one of the deepest wide receiver draft classes in memory and the Commanders are loaded with picks.

Grade: B

Samuel had a lot of useful skills that perhaps could have been utilized better during his time with the Commanders. But depending on what acquisitions arrive, this might not be the big loss some are anticipating.