4 extremely early Commanders salary-cap cut candidates in 2025

Could these Commanders players be on the chopping block next year?
Andrew Wylie
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Andrew Wylie - Commanders OT

  • Cap saving: $7.75 million
  • Dead money: $2.66 million

Based on the offseason moves made by the Washington Commanders so far, it seems as if Andrew Wylie is going to get another shot at solidifying the right tackle position in 2024. This is a contentious issue among the fanbase, many of whom believe his performance levels last season weren't up to the required standard following his free-agent switch from the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.

Wylie had moments of quality. There were also times when he didn't look capable of assuring the edge. He was blown away by speed rushers on countless occasions, which was a grave disappointment when one considers how well Sam Cosmi played alongside him at the right guard position during his breakout campaign.

The Commanders didn't bring anyone in from the veteran pool to replace Wylie, although there is still time for that to change. Their main complication appears to be on the blindside. This bears more significance if third-round selection Brandon Coleman cannot transition smoothly from college to the pros.

Perhaps better-blocking concepts and a more mobile quarterback will help Wylie from a consistency standpoint. There didn't seem much point in cutting him this offseason considering the contract he received. But if the same trend continues in 2024, that won't be the case next time around.

Wylie's contract is much easier to get off next spring. Releasing the player after two seasons in Washington comes with $2.66 million in dead money and $7.66 million in savings. That's a tempting proposition for Adam Peters regardless of whether the offensive tackle improves or not.

Washington cannot afford to have any passengers on the offensive line this offseason. They've made a significant investment in Jayden Daniels and must provide the Heisman Trophy winner out of LSU with the stable protection needed to thrive. Wylie will be under more scrutiny than most, so it'll be interesting to see how he copes with the spotlight glaring.