As the 2022 NFL season comes to a close, it is clear the Chicago Bears have a lot of work to do. While there are certain positions where the team seems to have adequate talent, there seem to be far more areas where they do not. The Bears are currently 3-10 on the season, and the upcoming schedule does them no favors. This puts additional pressure on Ryan Poles and the rest of the front office to figure things out.
It’s become increasingly obvious the Bears need to make some major additions in the offseason. Whether those main acquisitions come via the draft, free agency, or trade remains unknown. Regardless, the NFL offseason is a zero-sum game. For every player that is brought in, another one must be let go to meet the 53-man opening day roster requirement.
Which Chicago Bears players have the most uncertain futures?
This raises questions as to which current Bears players will no longer be with the team, or have their roles significantly reduced come 2023. With the recent departures of linebacker Roquan Smith and edge rusher Robert Quinn, the Bears have shown no hesitation to move on from established players. It’s reasonable to think more of those changes are to come.
Right now, the Bears seem to have a few cornerstone players that are unlikely to be moved in the near future. Quarterback Justin Fields, guard Teven Jenkins, cornerback Jaylon Johnson, safety Eddie Jackson, and second-round rookies Kyler Gordon and Jaquan Brisker are all not only expected to be with the team in 2023 but be key contributors. What happens to many of the others will largely be shaped by the alternatives.
Here are some players with uncertainty surrounding their future in Chicago