3 easy cuts to save the Chicago Bears $21 million in cap space

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Chicago Bears Cut Candidate: Tarik Cohen, Running Back

Although a fan favorite for years, Tarik Cohen quickly fell out of favor after missing all of 2021 with an ACL surgery that should have had him return in Week 1 of the season. Cohen could have had another procedure, but regardless, he just got extended just to miss an entire season following an extension.

In addition to that, the Bears brought in Jakeem Grant and should attempt to keep him. As a returner, Grant was a force as a return-man for the Bears this year and essentially became the spark player that Cohen was supposed to be this season. In addition, Grant can both kick and punt return increasing his value.

With the emergence of Khalil Herbert as well, Cohen would essentially become irrelevant as a running back only coming in to be the “Joker” of the offense. He is a great player and definitely a loved player, but he is extremely replaceable. Unfortunately, the Bears may need to move on. A post-June 1st cut would save the Bears $4 million in cap space.

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Finally, after cutting just these three replaceable players, the Bears would instantly save $21 million in cap space alone. There are players that would impact the Bears more than you can get for around the same price as the above players. Regardless, the Bears have room to make more cap space to revamp this offense for Fields.