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Commanders’ Ron Rivera focused on Sam Howell amid trade frenzy: ‘The business side of football has stepped in’

The Washington Commanders made the biggest news of the day following the NFL trade deadline frenzy, dealing away two first-round draft picks, including former Defensive Rookie of the Year Chase Young, despite their 3-5 record through Week 8.

But during a press conference with the media on Wednesday, head coach Ron Rivera opted to talk about second-year quarterback Sam Howell instead and the “opportunity” the organization believes they have with him.

Chase Young and Montez

Chase Young, left, and Montez Sweat of the Washington Commanders celebrate after a fumble recovery in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium, October 22, 2023, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Dustin Satloff/Getty Images)

“No,” Rivera said when asked if trading Young and Montez Sweat on Tuesday meant the Commanders were throwing in the towel on this season.

“We feel we have a quarterback,” Rivera said Wednesday. “We feel we have a guy going forward that we have a chance to grow and become what we think we can, and to do so, you’ve got to be able to afford the situation, and I think that’s what’s growing for us right now.”

He continued, “The business side of football has stepped in.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Paulina Dedaj is a Sports Reporter for Fox News Digital.

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