5 moves to save Adam Peters $43M on Commanders salary-cap in 2024

The Commanders have ways to put themselves in an even better financial situation.

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Commanders could cut Charles Leno Jr.

  • 2024 cap savings: $11.78 million (post-June 1 designation)

The Washington Commanders offensive line played a significant role in the team's failings last season. Severe concerns were raised before the campaign after what many believed to be wrong acquisitions and the group not being prioritized effectively. These fears were realized and then some.

Charles Leno Jr. manned the team's left tackle position once again. He was solid overall. There were also some times when he struggled to cope with more explosive pass-rushers around the league. This brings about fresh speculation about what the veteran's future might hold under Washington's new regime.

It's not just Leno's performances coming under scrutiny. The former seventh-round selection carries a whopping salary-cap hit of $15.53 million. This gives general manager Adam Peters and others in positions of power a big decision to make.

Given the money available and how many high-end draft picks the Commanders are blessed with this offseason, finding a long-term blindside protector might be among their list of priorities. If Washington can find someone capable of slotting into the lineup at the expense of Leno immediately, they can save themselves some money for good measure.

Releasing Leno with a post-June 1 designation comes with $11.78 million in savings with $3.75 million dead money attached. While Leno is a strong community presence and a locker room alpha, these financial figures could prove too tempting to ignore.