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Washington Commanders' five biggest what-ifs since 2012



ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Commanders have come close to finding their franchise quarterback in the past. Too often, though, fate has intervened in a cruel way -- whether from injuries or contract messes. In 2019, one play -- and two yards -- eventually cost the organization a shot at Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow at No. 1 overall.

Washington defensive tackle Jonathan Allen has lived through multiple what-if scenarios involving quarterbacks since being drafted in 2017: Alex Smith's injury; finishing with the second overall pick instead of the first; and bypassing what turned out to be two quality starters.