Report: Multiple teams could be interested in trading for Commanders QB Sam Howell

For about 10 weeks last season, it looked like the Washington Commanders found their quarterback of the future in Sam Howell. Unfortunately for Howell and Washington, the Commanders lost their final eight games.

At times, Howell looked like he could rise above some things around him. A struggling offensive line, inconsistent playcalling, receivers not getting enough separation, etc., but Howell did not help himself. He passed for four touchdowns and 12 interceptions over the final seven games, including multiple interceptions returned for touchdowns.

While he displayed an uncanny ability to shake off negative plays early in the season, he clearly lacked confidence over the year’s second half. Howell

The Commanders finished the season 4-13 and landed the No. 2 overall pick in the 2024 NFL draft. Head coach Ron Rivera was fired and replaced by Dan Quinn.

In addition to a new coaching staff, Washington also has a new general manager. And while Howell has two years remaining on his rookie contract, the Commanders are expected to target a quarterback at No. 2 in the draft.

Where does that leave Howell?

Ideally, he gives Washington the perfect player to pair with a rookie. He has experience, proved he can play, and can not only push a rookie but compete with him in 2024.

But what if general manager Adam Peters listened to potential offers for Howell?

According to Ralph Vacchiano of FOX Sports, Howell could be coveted by multiple teams, and the Commanders could get a third-round pick in return.

What about Howell? Multiple NFL sources believe several teams would be interested in trading for the 23-year-old who threw for 3,946 yards and 21 touchdowns in 17 starts last season (albeit with an NFL-worst 21 interceptions). They could potentially get a third-round pick for him — maybe more — if they decide they’re willing to deal him sometime around the draft.

Keeping Howell seems smart because he’s cheap and has proven he can play. But if you could get a third-round pick in return, it would be smart business to deal him. However, waiting closer to the draft could be good and bad. Teams like the New York Jets could look to find Aaron Rodgers’ backup early in free agency.

Should the Commanders — if they are interested in trading Howell —  trade him when the new league year opens next month rather than waiting until closer to the draft?

Whether Howell is moved or not, it is setting up to be a wild offseason of change for the Commanders.


Story originally appeared on Commanders Wire