The Chicago Bears are in the process of hiring a new head coach and a new general manager. There has been plenty of action on both fronts already. As of right now, George McCaskey and his crew of collaborators have requested interviews with nine coaches and nine general managers. The names on this list are impressive — especially on the GM side of things. In fact, there are a couple of names that I would consider home runs. More on that a different day.
Instead, I want to focus on helping out whoever the next general manager is going to be. Yeah, I doubt he is going to be reading this, but we can dream, right? If I were to step in as general manager, there are four names that jump out at me right away who should not be on the team in 2022. These players didn’t contribute enough or played poorly and could save the team even more money as a roster shakeup is needed.
The new Chicago Bears general manager should immediately cut these players
The good news is that the team will have key players in multiple positions. These players will make up the core as the team is projected to have roughly $34 million in salary-cap space next season. This is of course before any roster cuts that will free up money. Without a first-round pick, the team’s rookie contracts won’t require as much salary cap either.
Justin Fields is the obvious key to this team. The Chicago Bears need him to succeed desperately. Personally, I still believe he can become a superstar in this league despite what some ESPN analysts think. Other cogs in the Chicago Bears wheel that are important to the core of this team include David Montgomery, Darnell Mooney, Cole Kmet, Teven Jenkins, Larry Borom and even Khalil Herbert.
On the defensive side of the ball, the key pieces for 2022 include Khalil Mack, Eddie Jackson and Robert Quinn. Beyond the 2022 season, the younger players who will be important pieces to this team include Roquan Smith, Jaylon Johnson, Trevis Gipson and Khyiris Tonga. All of these younger players have proven themselves worthy of recognition, but the next general manager needs to find more.
In the meantime, the next general manager should cut bait with the following players as soon as the 2022 season is officially active.