Chicago Bears: 5 hot takes on Allen Robinson, Khalil Herbert and more
By Evan Bruner
Chicago Bears Hot Take No. 1: They should cut Eddie Jackson after this season
The Bears have a potential out before the start of the 2022 season that would at least get them out of paying Eddie Jackson some of the 58.4 million dollar extension he signed with the team back in 2020. It might seem a little bit extreme cutting a player who was a pro bowler as recently as 2019, but desperate times call for desperate measures. With how Eddie Jackson is currently playing, nothing should be off the table.
Jackson hasn’t been able to consistently force turnovers since 2018 and hasn’t graded out as an above-average defender since 2019. 2020 and so far in 2021, he has been a straight-up liability. This would be one thing if Jackson was on a veteran minimum, but for a player that inked a massive extension last year, that is unacceptable.
Jackson is still getting beat in coverage, is a below-average tackler, and doesn’t have the versatility to get much usage as a pass rusher. He makes a lot of mistakes and doesn’t seem to have any redeemable qualities right now.
Time is running out for Eddie Jackson to re-solidify himself as a franchise player
Bears fans are losing their patience. I wrote about my concerns with Jackson after Week 1, and things have only gotten worse since then. He is a below-average player who will be getting paid like a pro bowler next year. An underperforming player on a bad contract is a tough sell for the Bears.
The Chicago Bears should seriously look into getting out of Eddie Jackson’s contract. I hope he can start playing better, but that scenario is looking less and less likely every week.