Chicago Bears: Key offseason decisions Ryan Pace must make

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As the 2019 Chicago Bears campaign concludes, many within the Bears’ organization must decide on what to do this coming offseason.  This year’s draft is going to be loaded with talent at almost every position of need, but what the Bears must first decide is what to do in-house when the free agency period begins.

The Chicago Bears front office has already succeeded in securing Cody Whitehair to a contract extension when the guard signed a 5-year, $52.5 million ($27.5 million guaranteed) deal back in September.

With Whitehair’s extension, this means that the Chicago Bears are going to have to be very frugal with any potential moves they make within or outside of the organization. Looking at the caliber of players in this year’s free agency pool and the small amount of cap space available for the Bears, it seems unlikely they can make a big splash on the market outside of the organization.

With nearly twenty players currently on the Bears’ roster set to have their deals expire at the end of this season, there will be multiple positions to fill with most of those being on the defensive side of the ball. The Bears are going to need to evaluate their interior defensive line, linebackers and free safety positions once December 30th rolls around considering a bulk of the expiring contracts are at those positions.

In this article, we are going to take a look at a couple of key players currently on the Chicago Bears’ roster that Ryan Pace, Matt Nagy and company are going to be taking a hard look at when contract negotiations come up.