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

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Commanders could cut Carson Wentz

  • Cap savings – $26.17 million

The best and most obvious way for the Washington Commanders to save themselves a ton of cash on their 2023 salary cap centers around Carson Wentz. The quarterback just didn’t meet expectations following his high-profile trade from the Indianapolis Colts, but the front office at least set his contract up to ensure there would be no lingering financial worries if things went south.

If this was Wentz’s last chance to prove he could be a successful NFL starter, he failed. Washington’s offensive line didn’t help matters, but the indecision, footwork complications, and lack of confidence were evident, so removing him completely from the equation is almost guaranteed before free agency.

This won’t come as any surprise to Wentz, who has no guaranteed money left on his deal. What the future holds at the quarterback position is a huge topic of debate, even if Ron Rivera plans to give Sam Howell a legitimate shot at winning the job long-term when OTAs begin.

Cutting Wentz comes with no dead-cap ramifications and savings of $26.17 million. This is a substantial sum that the Commanders can use to bolster other needs if they do start Howell in 2023.

Wentz will likely find a new home in free agency. Former No. 1 overall selections often get more chances than most, but getting a free run to another starting role is absolutely out of the question all things considered.

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