Chicago Bears: Three more players who might be finished in Chicago

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The Chicago Bears are already making moves as the 2020 league year approaches. Three more players might be finished here in Chicago.

A few weeks ago we addressed five players who will not be back in 2020. Two of those players were correctly predicted in Taylor Gabriel and Prince Amukamara. These two veterans were cap casualties and cutting them gave Ryan Pace an extra $12.5 million in cap space this offseason.

The three other players predicted to not be back are Danny Trevathan, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Adam Shaheen. Shaheen would need to be cut whereas Trevathan and Clinton-Dix are unrestricted free agents who may not return depending on their market.

Out of those three, Trevathan is the most likely player to return in my opinion. He is hitting 30 years old this season and has only started 70 percent of his games in four years with the Chicago Bears. 2018 was the only season he was healthy the entire year. Those two factors should limit his market and the Chicago Bears might be able to retain him at a somewhat inexpensive value compared to trying to bring in a different free agent to replace him.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is interesting. He had a very solid season here in Chicago. Clinton-Dix took less money in 2019 to play for the Bears. He is not going to make the same decision in 2020. Rumors are floating around that links Clinton-Dix to many different teams.

The Chicago Bears should be happy about the news and hope that Clinton-Dix sees a similar contract as Adrian Amos received in Green Bay. The more money Clinton-Dix receives, the better chance the Chicago Bears have at receiving a compensatory pick in 2021.

As far as Shaheen, if the team cuts him as it should, the likelihood he lands with another team is honestly unlikely. If he does, the salary will be very minimal and I do not predict he will play enough snaps to qualify as a compensatory free agent. Are there other players on the team who could make an impact for another team though? Time will tell on that, but these three players might be finished in Chicago.