5 reasons Leonard Floyd will return in 2020

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – DECEMBER 05: (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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1. No depth

If the Chicago Bears were to let Leonard Floyd go this offseason, who would be their second edge rusher across from Khalil Mack? Isaiah Irving? James Vaughters?

Yes, the Bears could try to sign a free agent. However, they are going to spend their cap space on offensive help. Adding an edge rusher to the list of needs when they have so many needs is taking two steps back.

Fans are going to bring up Vic Beasley but go back to point one. Edge rushers get paid on an open market. Even on a one-year prove-it type deal, Beasley is looking at closer to $10 million. That is the price you pay for edge rushers.

Beyond that, if an edge rusher can come into the NFL and be an immediate starter, he very likely is going round one. Edge rusher is right there with offensive tackle as the next most valuable position behind the quarterback.

Hoping for a starting-caliber edge rusher to fall to round two has the same chance of happening as a starting-caliber quarterback.

It would be great to find a better replacement, but that would require the Bears to spend cap space they cannot commit to, and draft picks that they do not currently have.

Can they add depth? Sure. Can they add a project player to try to step in after a fifth-year break out for Floyd? Absolutely. However, betting on an impact starter coming in this offseason is unrealistic.

dark. Next. Is Jake Fromm a perfect round 2 fit?

The Bears should bet on Floyd and find a way to get assets back after his fifth year, but they are not letting go this offseason.