5 Veteran Chicago Bears who are likely to be cut this offseason

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Chicago Bears veteran likely to be cut this offseason: Jeremiah Attaochu, EDGE

Honestly, I did not think that Jeremiah Attaochu would be on the roster at this point. He was someone I deemed worthy as a cut candidate before the offseason officially started. When I look at Attaochu, he does not fit this system very well. Although Attaochu played with his hand in the dirt while at Georgia Tech, he was never projected as a defensive end in the NFL. Instead, he was viewed as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme and the Chargers drafted him as one.

In Attaochu’s eight NFL seasons, he has only played as a defensive end with his hand in the dirt for one season. That season was his last with the Chargers (2017) and it was his worst season in the NFL until last year with Chicago. Attaochu only played four games that year — not starting a single game. He finished with zero sacks and only seven combined tackles. The shift in the scheme led to Attaochu’s demise with the Chargers.

Now that the Chicago Bears have shifted to a 4-3 scheme, it is very unlikely that the team will look to keep Attaochu around over others who better fit the system. The team is looking to get younger, leaner and faster. I have no problem with giving Attaochu a chance, I just think he ends up being an odd man out. Robert Quinn, Al-Quadin Muhammad and Trevis Gipson are the three main ends heading into 2022. The team is also excited about the prospect of rookie defensive end Dominique Robinson.

Will Attaochu stick around as the fifth option if the Bears keep that many or will they prefer to keep someone like Charles Snowden instead?