1. Al-Quadin Muhammad should be cut
Of everyone in this group Al-Quadin Muhammad is the one that fans are nodding and agreeing with the most. the Chicago Bears can keep him, and it would be $4.5M, or they could save him and clear $4 of that.
I am sure most fans want the $4M, even if it is not that much. This is similar to Justin Jones is that he is going to go from a starter to a depth piece no matter what. Muhammad has been used to that role, but when you look at the Bears’ edge rushers, both Trevis Gipson and Dominique Robinson are signed.
Gipson regressed and is not really a scheme fit, and Robinson is still quite raw. Still, they are both so cheap, and earlier in the season, they were fine when they were just in-depth. So, the Chicago Bears could have both of their secondary rushers on the roster already.
That would leave them to add two big-name starters, which is one of the huge needs. If they add two starters, and Robinson joins Gipson as depth there is no one else that they need. Maybe another late-round pick or UDFA to fill the room, but not Muhammad and his salary.
The only way Muhammad should be back is if they sell Gipson for a late draft pick. It is a small saving, but it could be the $4M that another team can’t spend on a premium edge rusher that pushes them over the top on a splash move.
Some of these names can be tough decisions, but Al-Quadin Muhammad is not.