5 moves the Chicago Bears must make following 2022 NFL Draft

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Chicago Bears, Jeremiah Attaochu
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The Chicago Bears should release Jeremiah Attaochu

A player I am honestly surprised who is still on the roster is Jeremiah Attaochu. I thought for sure he’d be cut by this point in the offseason. The team is not in need of any additional salary cap at this point and they have plenty for 2023. That said, cutting Attaochu would have saved the Chicago Bears $1.6 million had they cut him at this point. If they move on from him after June 1, 2022, they will save $2.4 million.

I’m curious as to how they view Attaochu. He’s best suited as an outside linebacker in the NFL, not a defensive end with his hand in the dirt. Maybe he can transition to a 4-3 end, but after seeing him on the field for only 40% of the Bears’ defensive snaps last season and only 22% of the special teams snaps, Attaochu just does not make sense for this roster.

Now that Ryan Poles was able to draft Dominique Robinson out of Miami (OH), it makes even more sense to move on from Attaochu now. The team can use the extra money to sign some additional free agents this offseason and maybe a few guys who see themselves cut from the roster now that draft picks have been added.