Where do the Chicago Bears rank in salary cap health according to PFF?

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What was the thought process behind the Chicago Bears ranking?

Personally, I find this ranking to be a little low, but let’s see if we can figure out why. Spielberger had these key notes to say about the Chicago Bears:

"Ryan Poles has effectively hit the reset button, trading Khalil Mack to the Chargers for a 2022 second and 2023 sixth-round pick. He then traded down four times to turn three picks into eight. Despite all the moves, the Bears still rank 29th in active draft capital. The Bears have the most effective cap space in the NFL over the next three years, but also came in 32nd in veteran roster rankings. There is plenty more work to be done, but the franchise finally has the resources to do it."

Alright, there is a lot to unpack with all of this. In the end, I’m not going to agree with the 32nd roster ranking. Call it bias, but I find this roster to be closer to 25th than dead last. I know…whoa Rob. 25th, really? Yeah, I get that it doesn’t matter much. However, with some key players I would probably rank much higher than Pro Football Focus — remember Roquan Smith has a PFF grade under 50 for 2021 — this team’s roster isn’t as bad as it looks on paper. There are surprises.