4 moves that could save the Commanders over $50 million on 2023 cap

(Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports) Jonathan Allen
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What moves could the Washington Commanders make to save more than $50 million on their 2023 salary cap before free agency begins?

Compared to some teams around the NFL, the Washington Commanders are in a pretty healthy position heading into the 2023 off-season. While there are needs to fill, particularly at quarterback and across the offensive line, those in power should have a significant sum to spend before competitive action begins once again.

According to Spotrac, the Commanders have $6.58 million available in cap space currently. But there are options to bring this number up substantially before the all-important free-agent frenzy gets underway.

This would allow Washington enough financial wiggle room to acquire talented free agents and keep players like Daron Payne around long-term. And general manager Martin Mayhew cannot afford to make any errors after an indifferent first year as general manager.

Using the Over the Cap calculator, we picked out four moves that could save the Commanders $51.48 million in salary cap space this spring.

Move No. 1

(Jessica Rapfogel-USA TODAY Sports) Chase Roullier /

Commanders could cut Chase Roullier (post-June 1)

  • Cap savings – $8.37 million

While Chase Roullier’s can be a productive center when healthy, there are now significant availability concerns. The former sixth-round selection has turned out in just 640 snaps on offense over the last two seasons, which means the Washington Commanders must find themselves a stable presence capable of filling the void long-term.

Much will depend on how Roullier recovers from his serious knee injury. But cutting the Wyoming product after June 1 represents a cap saving of $8.37 million with $4.05 million in dead money.

This is something those in power should consider. Especially if they manage to secure a better option in free agency or the 2023 NFL Draft.