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Commanders could cut Dyami Brown

  • Cap savings - $1.33 million
  • Dead money - $267,410

It seemed a big opportunity was awaiting Dyami Brown this season. A new play-caller with a big reputation came into the fold and his former college quarterback became the starter, so there was a lot to like about the wide receiver's chances of a genuine breakout campaign.

Sadly, this hasn't come to fruition as yet. Brown's been an afterthought in the passing game more often than not, gaining just eight receptions from 15 targets for 120 receiving yards through nine games.

Brown is also having difficulty with drops, which hasn't gone unnoticed by Eric Bieniemy and is contributing to the lack of trust. While his salary-cap hit isn't exactly breaking the bank next season, the Commanders might decide to move on in any case if they find themselves another dynamic weapon or two.

Things just haven't come together for Brown. He came into the Commanders with decent expectations after a standout college career at North Carolina, but that same chemistry between the wideout and Sam Howell hasn't made its way to the next level as yet.

Among the things that could keep Brown around to fight for his roster spot are the salary implications, the fact Curtis Samuel is out of contract, and if Howell gets a seal of approval from Josh Harris' ownership group to become the team's long-term option at football's most important position.

However, it's hard to look at his contribution so far with anything other than disappointment.