The Chicago Bears have several players who remain under contract but haven’t lived up to their “billing”. Whether it is injuries or ineffective play, there are a few guys who are just taking up space and may need to move on in 2017.
Yes, the 2016 season was a disaster for the Chicago Bears. Injuries are to blame for most of it but coaching concerns, depth and play calling also contributed to the Bears fall. But it’s over. There isn’t any time to dwell on the past. As fans, we must look forward and keep our hopes up for next year.
The Bears coaching staff and management have a lot of work to do this off-season to make this team a winner. That means that there could be a lot of personnel moves that come out of this potential rebuild. For those players who are not under contact any longer, this means that they could be looking for a new team. But that doesn’t mean that those still under contract aren’t immune to shifting on the roster. In fact, the Bears could be looking at letting several players, who are still under contract, walk this off-season.
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Of course, management must look at everyone so no one should be immune. They do need to consider how much money they will lose if they cut someone who is still under contract. So, before they cut someone for poor performance, the Bears will probably consider the money that’s owed to that player to see how big of a hit to the cap it would be. Will the Bears have to retain some players who perform poorly because of how much money they are owed? It’s very likely they will.
What players could the Bears afford let go this off-season? Why? The following slides have a few guys who are still under contract for 2017 (and beyond perhaps) that could be out of Chicago this off-season. Current contract numbers are included.