Chicago Bears: 6 Probable salary-cap cuts if team rebuilds in 2021

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It might be a little early, but the Chicago Bears might need to hit the reset button

This Chicago Bears are 5-5 and currently still in the playoff hunt. The problem is that they need a lot of help and must find an offense over the course of the last six games. This will not be an easy task. The team has not found an offensive identity since 2018 and even that identity was a little suspect.

With fans calling for the heads of Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace (and Ted Phillips), the Chicago Bears are going to have an even more difficult time fixing things in 2021. Should Pace and Nagy remain, there will be an even bigger microscope put on all of their decisions over the upcoming offseason.

Clearly, the team is going to do their best over the last six games, but this team is a pretender and not a true contender. The hope here will be that they land either a top offensive lineman or quarterback in the first two rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft, but whoever is the general manager and head coach will have to deal with a lower salary cap in 2021 and only about $2 million dollars to spend. This is including the team’s rollover from 2020. Not good.

Obviously, no one could have predicted a worldwide pandemic that will cause the salary cap to decrease for the first time in basically forever. In fact, the 2021 salary cap was projected to be around $210 million. One could argue this is why the McCaskey’s are not allowing Ryan Pace (or Pace himself is making the mistake) to extend Allen Robinson. With such a tough spot ahead for this team, we take a look at some players who could find themselves as cap casualties next year.