Commanders release Carson Wentz

The Washington Commanders released Carson Wentz on Monday,

 an expected move that puts an end to the one-season experiment with the veteran quarterback that did not work out.

After giving up draft picks to acquire him in a trade with Indianapolis last March,

 the Commanders were able to get out of the final two years of Wentz's contract without any salary cap penalty.

Wentz threw for 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions in eight games, going 2-5 as the starter sandwiched around a broken finger that sidelined him for several weeks.

When Taylor Heinicke struggled late in the season, coach Ron Rivera turned back to Wentz,

who had three interceptions in a loss to Cleveland that contributed to knocking Washington out of playoff contention.

From that point forward, Rivera gave no thought to handing the job back to Wentz.

Rookie Sam Howell started the regular-season finale and goes into offseason workouts as the starting QB.