This is part two of my preseason look at the Bears roster as we near the first round of cuts. As a reminder, this is a breakdown of the Bears defense by position group. For each group I will look at the projected starters, the back-ups in play to make the 53 man roster, previous roster players that might not make the cut, and underdogs worth rooting for. I will also go through the best and worst case scenarios for each unit with a projected ranking for each. Lastly, I will review the 2016 salary cap hit (spotrac.com) of each unit to see who is over-paid, under-paid, and appropriately paid.
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Similarly to the offensive roster breakdown you will notice a lot of young players. Young players means lots of rookie contracts with low cap hits, but it also means a lot of unproven players that can’t necessarily be relied upon for consistent play. Important dates to keep in mind are the first roster cut to 75 on August 30th and the final roster cut to 53 on September 3rd.
Next: Defensive Line