The Washington Commander is getting closer to ushering in a new era and perhaps starting with a clean slate.
Dan Snyder, who has owned the team since 1999, is looking to sell the team, and it appears he will sell the team to a group led by Josh Harris, a billionaire investor.
Commanders insider Niki Jhabvala reported that Harris and Mitchell Rails went to the NFL’s league offices in New York City to meet with the league’s finance committee.
Josh Harris and Mitchell Reles arrive at the NFL offices in Manhattan to meet with the Finance Committee regarding their $6.05 billion deal to purchase the Commanders from Dan Snyder. pic.twitter.com/BNM1ZqIiVI
– Nicky Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) June 7, 2023
Harris’ group is large and includes NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, who already owns a stake in Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers.
Harris himself is already a member of the groups that own the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and the National Hockey League’s New Jersey Devils.
He had previously expressed interest in purchasing the Denver Broncos before Walmart heir Rob Walton purchased the team.
The Commanders would also enter a new era on the field, as head coach Ron Rivera decided to hand the reins of the offense to quarterback Sam Howell.
Howell, who was a rookie last season, started just one game, and he’s hardly a prime candidate to be named to the Pro Bowl someday.
Washington also has the misfortune of playing in a very tough NFC East division that includes the defending conference champion Philadelphia Eagles, a superior Dallas Cowboys team, and the surprising New York Giants.
The Commanders, once a highly respected and successful franchise in the 1980s and early 1990s, have made the playoffs just six times in Snyder’s 24 years of ownership.
Video of Commanders fans gets hyped for Sam Howell