As the 2022-2023 season is now in the books and the offseason clock has now started, all eyes are now on what the Chicago Bears will do in the free-agent stage, before the 2023 NFL Draft. The Bears currently have an estimated $93 million dollars in cap space after Brad Spielberger, a Salary Cap Analyst at PFF crunched the numbers.
This new cap space amount is a bit lower than the initial $118 million dollars in projected cap space that the Bears were projected to have. But the new cap number at $93 million is taking into account some incentive boosters, especially from Riley Reiff, and an Equanimeous St. Brown extension, plus futures/reserve deals.
The Chicago Bears are set up with such a massive amount of cap space after general manager Ryan Poles had a very quiet offseason last year. And moved multiple players who had a big cap hit or would command a big cap hit, such as Khalil Mack, Robert Quinn, and Roquan Smith.
Simply said, everything Ryan Poles has done so far has led up to this offseason, so expectations should be at an all-time high to make a splash move in free agency. I will be ranking the top five free agent targets for the Bears based on talent, fit for the team, and potential ceiling.