3 former Bears who won’t live up to their new contracts

The Bears probably made the right call on letting these three guys walk.

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Heading into Week 3 of NFL free agency, things have slowed down significantly. After a wild first week of expensive, big-name signings, the second wave came and went, with a handful of notable contracts sprinkled among a bunch of depth signings. Now, teams have mostly addressed their offseason needs, and most of the NFL's attention is turning towards this week's Owners meetings as well as all the different pro days leading up to the NFL Draft.

The Bears made some big moves – namely, signing running back D'Andre Swift, safety Kevin Byard, and tight end Gerald Everett – but the more interesting decisions happening in Chicago this offseason are probably the ones on guys they decided not to re-sign. The very last wave of guys that came to the team under former GM Ryan Pace are gone, and with the presumptive selection of USC QB Caleb Williams in next mont's draft, GM Ryan Poles will finally have the type of team he was looking to build when he took the job back in January of 2022. Knowing when to cut bait on certain guys is a huge part of successful team building in the NFL, and these are the three guys that Poles won't regret letting go.