Andrew Wylie - Commanders OT
Andrew Wylie's arrival in free agency came with a mixed reaction attached. The right tackle's performance in the Super Bowl versus a stout Philadelphia Eagles defensive front was outstanding. His overall body of work throughout his final season with the Kansas City Chiefs, not so much.
Many thought reuniting with Eric Bieniemy could be enough for Wylie to hit the ground running in a different environment. He wasn't alone in struggling heavily, but the investment alone suggested more was expected.
Wylie never looked comfortable - especially when left on an island. He was constantly beaten by speed rushers. Things didn't improve much when it came to picking up stunts and shifts. It was a disaster almost from start to finish.
It was yet another personnel move along the offensive line that blew up in Ron Rivera's face. Nobody aside from Sam Cosmi should feel their starting status is assured when a new coaching regime comes into the building. Wylie's salary-cap hit of $9.41 million nowhere near matches the level of consistency he brought to the table.
This was a terrible contract in hindsight. Cutting Wylie with a post-June 1 designation gives the Commanders a little more than $4 million in savings next season and around $5 million in dead money. Just how beneficial this would be is a decision for Adam Peters.
Trotting Wylie out for a second season sends out the wrong message. The Commanders need a complete offensive line overhaul. They also need to find a coach capable of molding a cohesive unit.