Commanders release guard Ereck Flowers

Ereck Flowers

The Commanders will need two new starting guards for the 2022 NFL season.

Washington has released guard Ereck Flowers, the team officially announced on Wednesday. The move comes just two days after Washington's five-time Pro Bowl guard Brandon Scherff agreed to a three-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

By releasing Flowers, the Commanders save $10 million in cap space. The two sides were reportedly in talks for an extension before Washington ultimately decided to move on.

This is the second time Washington has let Flowers go following a productive season. In 2019, the guard started all 16 games for Washington. The Commanders let him walk in free agency, where he signed a three-year deal with Miami. Then last spring, Washington made a deal with the Dolphins to bring Flowers back to Washington, where he would start 16 of a possible 17 games in 2021.

Flowers was not the only impactful Commanders player to be released on Wednesday, as the Burgundy and Gold also moved on from defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis -- a player who had been with Washington since 2016.

Getting off the books for Flowers and Ioannidis has created $16.9 million in much-needed available cap space, especially considering the $28 million hit acquiring Carson Wentz will cost. However, moving on from Flowers and Ioannidis has created a pair of big holes to fill on the Commanders roster. Ron River and his staff must have a plan in place to replace these two, or their absences will be plenty noticeable in 2022.