4 extremely early Commanders salary-cap cut candidates in 2025

Could these Commanders players be on the chopping block next year?
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It's been an incredible offseason for player turnover where the Washington Commanders are concerned. Something that was expected with a new regime coming into the fold, but few envisaged Adam Peters almost completely gutting the roster in pursuit of better fortunes in 2024 and beyond.

Peters filled key needs, improved depth, enhanced competition for places, and maintained future financial flexibility. Any questions fans may have had about whether the right men were in charge have been answered in no uncertain terms. This is just the start of what will hopefully become a profitable period for this once-proud franchise.

The Commanders are planning with the long-term in mind. Peters has also removed any sentiment to the team's decision-making process. Much will depend on what happens during the upcoming campaign, but expect this trend to continue while the new front-office leader is at the helm.

There is a long way to go and a lot of football to play. That said, here are four extremely early salary-cap cut candidates for the Commanders in 2025.

All financial information comes via Over the Cap.

Jeremy Reaves - Commanders S

  • Cap saving: $2.64 million
  • Dead money: $750,000

Jeremy Reaves got himself a new contract this offseason despite enduring some rough luck on the injury front in 2023. The All-Pro special teamer is eager to get back onto the field and all signs point to a full recovery, but the Washington Commanders have hedged their bets with his recent agreement that provides Adam Peters with a realistic out next year.

Hopefully, Reaves shows no ill effects from his health complications and becomes an integral part of the plans on special teams once again. He might even force his way onto the defensive rotation, although that seems less likely when one considers the acquisitions made throughout a busy recruitment period.

If Reaves doesn't show enough, the fan favorite might be released for $2.64 million in savings attached. This comes with just $750,000 in dead money, so the option is there for Peters if he feels like it's the right thing to do.