These Players Could be Playing Their Final Game as Chicago Bears

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Heads will be rolling at Halas Hall within the next few days (Photo: Chicago Tribune)

(Photo: Chicago Tribune)

It’s Week 17 and the Chicago Bears are in a win-or-go-home situation, facing a possible end to their season and a possible end of the careers of dozens of current Bears players.  A loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday means an end to the 2013 season for the Bears and could mean the end of line in the Navy and Orange for several free-agents-to-be.  The Bears have 31 players whose contracts are expiring after this season.  As you watch the game, think about these guys who may not return in 2014.

Here is a breakdown of players who might be playing their last game as members of the Chicago Bears.  Thanks to the fine folks at, we include the 2013 salary cap hit.

Jay Cutler QB 30 $10370000
Henry Melton* DT 27 $8450000
Charles Tillman* CB 32 $8000000
Tim Jennings CB 30 $5100000
Devin Hester WR 31 $2940856
Roberto Garza C 34 $2125000
Major Wright S 25 $1492825
Corey Wootton DT 26 $1449793
D.J. Williams* LB 31 $1328125
James Anderson LB 30 $1250000
Blake Costanzo LB 29 $1015000
Patrick Mannelly LS 38 $990000
Craig Steltz S 27 $827500
Matt Slauson G 27 $815000
Jonathan Scott OT 30 $672941
Nate Collins* DT 26 $630000
Tony Fiammetta FB 27 $630000
Sherrick McManis CB 26 $630000
Zackary Bowman CB 29 $620000
Kelvin Hayden* CB 30 $620000
Josh McCown QB 34 $580000
Eben Britton OT 26 $555000
Dante Rosario TE 29 $555000
Anthony Walters S 25 $555000
Landon Cohen DT 27 $518823
Taylor Boggs G 26 $405000
Jeremiah Ratliff DT 32 $395294
Jordan Palmer QB 29 $326471
Derrick Martin CB 28 $228529
Jake Laptad DT 25
* Injured Reserve
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  • Levi Thompson

    Peppers must go. So much can be done to improve our defense with the cap hit that he will induce. I love the player, he’s just not worth the money at this age. I agree that unless Hester restructures his contract and takes a substantial pay cut, he should probably be let go as well. Resign cutler. Say bye bye to M. Bush. Resign DJ Williams and move Bostic to OLB. Do something to address the DE position via free agency and/or draft. We also need to bring in some young CBs to learn from Peanut and Jennings while they are still around. (which I think we all want to see next year) I think once the D-line is healthy and playing well, along with the LBs, you’ll see a vast improvement from our safeties. So stick with Conte and Major for one more year and see where that goes. I’ve got a good feeling that we’re not to far away from having an all around elite football team. Just a couple of minor kinks that need to get addressed and worked out.

  • Hunter

    Boomer, I couldn’t agree more with your keepers although I would add Nate Collins to that list. I especially agree with not re-signing Melton as his spot should be reserved for the Bears #1 draft pick of 2014. And as much as I would love to Hester break the overall record as a Bear, he is using the roster spot for your #5 WR or DB.