5 early Commanders cut candidates next spring at the 2023 midseason point

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Commanders could cut Andrew Wylie

  • Cap savings - $4.25 million (post-June 1 designation)
  • Dead money - $5.16 million

When the Washington Commanders signed veteran right tackle Andrew Wylie in free agency, it came with a mixed reaction. He was coming off a Super Bowl triumph with the Kansas City Chiefs and had the trust of Eric Bieniemy, but he gave up a significant amount of quarterback pressures in 2022 - something that came with an obvious sense of concern.

Wylie's gone through some complications, but the same can be said of almost everyone on the offensive line. Things are beginning to turn around thanks to the introduction of Saahdiq Charles and Tyler Larsen into the starting lineup, but there are times when the edge presence gets exposed without extra assistance.

If the Commanders look for another - more stable - offensive line revamp as expected next spring, it casts doubt on the future of Wylie and others. With a $9.14 million salary cap next season, that's a lot to be spending on a backup tackle if those in power find the necessary upgrades.

The former undrafted free agent out of Eastern Michigan has featured in 616 offensive snaps this season, giving up five sacks and four penalties. Wylie's had some nice moments, but the consistency isn't where it needs to be - certainly nowhere near enough to justify such a large financial commitment in 2024.

Cutting Wylie with a post-June 1 designation does come with more than $5 million in dead money. But the $4.25 million savings attached could be better spent elsewhere if the Commanders acquire other capable starters via free agency or the draft.