Chicago Bears: 5 Cut candidates to free up cap space

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Chicago Bears, Bobby Massie
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Bobby Massie | Right Tackle

Bobby Massie is another fairly easy player to cut this offseason. Massie signed a three-year deal with the Chicago Bears back in 2016 and a four-year contract extension worth $30.8 million ($7.7 million per year average). He has been solid, but the aging tackle has struggled in recent years.

He has been very average in the past three seasons, which is fine, but the Bears can find cheaper options elsewhere that have the potential to be better. Additionally, Massie hasn’t played a full season since 2018 with injuries both in 2019 and 2020. As he gets older, he starts to slow down and struggles to stay consistent.

The Bears should look to draft an offensive tackle in this draft class to replace him. This offensive tackle draft class is one of the deepest in recent years with plenty of talent to be found in the first three rounds even. Massie unfortunately can be cheaply replaced. This makes him a prime cut candidate.

Even if a rookie isn’t ready, the Bears can bring back Germain Ifedi who performed well in his place this season down the stretch. Additionally, they have Alex Bars who can play right tackle as well. Regardless, Massie is just an asset they cannot afford right now. Releasing Massie post-June 1st would save around $8 million in cap space.