5 reasons Leonard Floyd will return in 2020

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2. Could lock him in long term

Still, there is the option to extend Floyd longterm. The Bears know more than most edge rushers, they do not need his sack production. They have Mack to rush the passer, but Floyd to be versatile in his skill set in coverage.

That is valuable, but not worth $13 million. If they are not relying on a fifth-year breakout, they could try to reduce his cap hit with a longer extension. His value is at a low point, and giving him longer security could entice him, knowing his role will not lead to high production.

Floyd could stick with the team he knows, and give the team a chance to reduce his 2020 salary. If the Bears could bring him back on a team-friendly deal, at perhaps $10-11 million per year, or would be hard for him or them to say no.

The Bears can bet on a player and buy low while Floyd can cling to longer-term security.