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

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Leonard Floyd – OLB

It seems to me that Ryan Pace and the Chicago Bears would like to retain Leonard Floyd. The thing is, the team is not going to pay him $13.2 million for his services. Floyd is supposed to be an outside linebacker who excels as a pass rusher. Pass rushing has not been something Floyd has been exceptionally good at though. In fact, he has been subpar in this area.

Floyd has been solid against the run and even in pass coverage, but that is not enough to be paid like a top-10 outside linebacker. If the Chicago Bears are going to keep Floyd around, it will require a new contract.

Floyd would be playing the 2020 season on his fifth-year option. Pace exercised the option last season hoping Floyd would flip a switch and his pass-rushing abilities would click. That did not happen and now the team needs to either convince him to take less money or let him walk. Even with the new CBA looming and more salary cap a possibility, Floyd cannot be in the team’s plans for more than $5 to $6 million per season.

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With two predictions already becoming reality, it will be interesting to see how many more of the players find a new home in 2020. How many will become quality free agents and can the Chicago Bears see another compensatory pick or two in 2021? No matter what, this team needs to find ways to improve and these three players are likely to not be around to help in that matter.