4 Commanders players who should still be cut despite 2024 cap rise

The salary-cap hike won't be good news for everybody.
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Andrew Wylie - Commanders OT

Andrew Wylie made my list of players who could benefit from the increased salary-cap rise around the league. However, there's also a case to be made for the opposite coming to fruition.

Wylie's arrival in free agency last spring came with raised eyebrows attached. While his Super Bowl performance against the Philadelphia Eagles was something deserving of significant praise, the veteran right tackle's overall body of work brought obvious concerns.

As expected, Wylie struggled to provide stability to the edge opposite left tackle Charles Leno Jr. He suffered untold complications with explosive pass-rushers. There was an evident lack of awareness when it came to picking up stunts and shifts on the defensive front. Some nice moments emerged, but they were fleeting.

Now that Eric Bieniemy - a close associate from their time together on the Kansas City Chiefs - is no longer around, Wylie could be expendable. This is dependent on which players the Washington Commanders manage to acquire in free agency or the draft, but it cannot be dismissed entirely.

Cutting Wylie with a post-June 1 designation saves the Commanders $4.25 million with a dead-money hit of $5.17 million. That might be something to consider if an upgrade can be found at some stage this offseason.

Otherwise, the Commanders will have a hugely expensive backup on their hands.