Everyone knows this is a pivotal offseason for the Chicago Bears.
Already, the team has made a few key decisions in firing offensive coordinator Luke Getsy and quarterbacks coach Andrew Janocko, while retaining head coach Matt Eberflus.
Other than finding a new offensive coordinator, the Bears will have several key decisions to make on a good amount of players. Let's examine five of the most pertinent roster decisions this team has to make in the coming weeks.
1. Cody Whitehair, G/C
This has to be one of the easiest decisions the Bears can make this offseason. The Bears can save about $9 million by cutting Cody Whitehair. To be quite frank, the Bears need to allow Lucas Patrick to leave via free agency and cut ties with Whitehair, as well.
Nate Davis and Teven Jenkins should represent the starting guards, and Chicago simply needs to find their starting center from there. Whether it be via free agency or the draft, they will have plenty of options. The Bears have the financial space to sign a top free agent there, and they might also end up having the draft capital to bring in a rookie on either of the first two days of the draft.
Whitehair's play has diminished over the past two years and the team can't afford the inconsistencies there any longer. At this point, letting go of Whitehair, Patrick and even Dan Feeney should be in the cards.