Collects win in first career start
Howell completed 11 of 19 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown with an interception in Sunday's 26-6 win over the Cowboys. He added 35 rushing yards and a TD on five carries.
The rookie quarterback tossed a bad red-zone pick early in the second quarter when the outcome of the game was still in doubt, but otherwise Howell was solid in his first career NFL start, hitting Terry McLaurin for his first passing TD in the first quarter and then running one in from nine yards out in the third. Carson Wentz has no more guaranteed money remaining on his current contract and is a candidate to be released, and Taylor Heinicke is a free agent in the offseason, so Howell could well find himself the starting QB for Washington to begin the 2023 campaign if the team doesn't pursue an established veteran.
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May have to compete with Brissett
Howell is expected to enter the offseason program as Washington's top quarterback but could face competition from free-agent signing Jacoby Brissett, Zach Selby of the Commanders' official website reports.
Moving on to Washington
Brissett reached agreement Wednesday with the Commanders on a one-year deal, Dianna Russini of ESPN reports.
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Cashes in with massive new contract
The Commanders agreed to sign Payne to a four-year, $90 million contract Sunday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Receives franchise tag
The Commanders placed the franchise tag on Payne on Tuesday, John Keim of ESPN reports.
In lead to be starter in 2023
Washington head coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday that Howell will be the "quarterback to beat" during the offseason program, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
No catches since November
Milne finished the 2022 season with six catches for 37 yards, 40 punt returns for 311 yards and 15 kickoff returns for 300 yards.
Held to 16 yards in finale
Thomas caught two of three targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 26-6 win over Dallas.
Finishes season with whimper
Samuel lost six yards on two touches in Sunday's 26-6 win over Dallas.
Held to 41 yards in start
Williams took 14 carries for 32 yards and two catches for nine yards in Sunday's 26-6 win over Dallas.
Solid numbers to wrap up season
Dotson caught three of four targets for 72 yards in Sunday's 26-6 win over the Cowboys.