These Players Could be Playing Their Final Game as Chicago Bears

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Dec 22, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) passes the ball during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Of course, the biggest question mark is around the biggest 2013 cap hit, quarterback Jay Cutler.  Will Phil Emery and the Bears find a way to extend Cutler or will they resort to the Franchise Tag?  Could they let him walk?

Other players who are still under contract in 2014 but could be on the way out include Julius Peppers ($18.2 million against the 2014 salary cap), running back Michael Bush ($3.85 million), Earl Bennett ($2.45 million), Adam Podlesh ($1.8 million), Eric Weems ($1.6 million) and Chris Conte ($788k).

For me, I’d like to see them bring back Cutler, Tillman, Jennings, Wootton, James Anderson, Patrick Mannelly, Matt Slauson, Josh McCown, Eben Britton and Jeremiah Ratliff.  I hate to see Hester go, but unless he’s willing to settle for returner money and not #1 wide receiver money, I just can’t justify keeping him.

What do you think?  Which players would you like to see brought back and which will you offer to take to the airport?

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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.