The Chicago Bears land a top offensive tackle in mock offseason moves

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Let me start off that this will have nothing to do with Ryan Pace. Whether you want him out of his job at the end of the season or not, whoever is calling the shots for the Chicago Bears roster decisions has plenty of work to do. The good news is that there is a solid core of players in place and a quick injection of talent and youth will quickly turn this team from one of the oldest in the league to the middle of the pack in that regard.

I recently went through 2022 NFL Draft prospects and projected a mock draft for this team next season. In the draft, the Bears general manager landed a new wide receiver for Justin Fields, a new outside linebacker to learn from Khalil Mack and a new center to help revamp the offensive line. With only five picks, I projected the team land an inside linebacker to pair with Roquan Smith and then a cornerback to push Kindle Vildor.

The Chicago Bears 2022 salary cap is a blank canvas for optimism

Many people look at the Chicago Bears salary cap and roster situation and think, yikes. However, a better way, or maybe not better, but more optimistic way of looking at the situation is that the team has a somewhat blank canvas. As of right now, the team will only have 27 players on the active roster as soon as the season ends. The team is projected to have roughly $50 million in salary cap space to work with before any additional moves are made.

This is where I decided to start and build this team up for the better should I be the next general manager. That’s right, we are going to put our general manager hat on and play, how can we make this team a contender as soon as 2022? You’d be surprised at what we can do as long as Justin Fields develops into the quarterback I know he will be. He is the key to any rebuild. No matter what this team does, if Fields falters and busts, then none of these moves will make a difference.