Commanders release Carson Wentz; Usher in Sam Howell era

The Washington Commanders have come out and admitted that they are ready to usher in the Sam Howell era here in 2023. Head coach Ron Rivera told reporters during Super Bowl week that Howell will enter the 2023 offseason as the starter.

Whether or not that’s a smokescreen in terms of trying to acquire another quarterback is still up in the air. However, on Monday the team officially moved on from veteran Carson Wentz.

The Commanders released Wentz on Monday afternoon, saving $26.1M in cap space. The experiment with Wentz is officially over after one year and now Washington is ready to move forward.

For Howell, he gets the chance to at least prepare to be the starter early in this offseason.

As stated above, Washington could look to add another quarterback to the mix and we shouldn’t be shocked if that happens. With players like Derek Carr, Aaron Rodgers and even Lamar Jackson potentially being available, the Commanders will likely explore all options moving forward.

A veteran like Andy Dalton or Jacoby Brissett also remain in play for competition.

Howell started one game in 2022, beating the Dallas Cowboys in the final week of the season. He didn’t play a perfect game but flashed his potential to show the organization what he can do.

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