2. Restructure Kyle Long’s Contract
Kyle Long is one of the leaders of this Bears’ team, and he has also said that he wants to spend the rest of his career with the Chicago Bears. If that is truly the case, Long should understand that he can’t remain on the roster with his current contract.
Long has missed 22 games over the last three years and while he’s been on the field you can tell there has been some decline in his skills. That being said, he’s still a very capable starting guard and he can be a snow plow for a running game.
If Long doesn’t agree to a restructured contract, the Bears will be forced to release him and eat $3 million in cap space. The belief is that Long would be open to taking one for the team. He can take a pay cut and drop his salary into a much more manageable $3.5 million cap hit (exactly where Bobby Massie’s is this year under his new contract), and still start at guard for Chicago.