The Chicago Bears let Buster Skrine go, which was a move that had to be expected. Now, they will enter free agency with the question of whether to start their in-house candidate Duke Shelley or decide to draft or sign a replacement.
There are going to be draft prospects to look into, but first, we are going to dig into the free agents, as they will be signed first.
The Bears saved about $3 million to let go of Skrine, so they could use that money to help get themselves a free agent. Who are the top names to look into?
5. Mike Hilton
Mike Hilton has been holding down the slot for the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, after the collapse this season, they are one of the teams in a tough salary cap spot due to COVID and the drop in cap. Hilton could be hitting an open market for the first time.
Hilton is one of the more diverse slot corners. Aside from making plays in coverage, he is one of the best at defending the run and blitzing as well. The Steelers were not hesitant to send him on blitzes, and that is something Chicago got away from moving from Vic Fangio to Chuck Pagano.
On the flip side, Hilton may be the highest-paid of this group as well. He made $3 million last season, and spotrac has him projected for $7.8 million. Over the cap is a bit lower, but still has him closer to $5 million. The Bears would like to replace Skrine, but also have to try to save some money.