5 free agents the Bears could sign with cap savings from cutting Jackson, Whitehair

Chicago saved $21.5 million with two moves on Thursday afternoon.

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2. Michael Pittman Jr., WR

The Bears already have a true no. 1 receiver in D.J. Moore, but the lack of talent behind him is alarming, especially if Darnell Mooney leaves via free agency. One of the things no one is talking about is the idea that Chicago could opt to extend Moore if they wanted to save an additional $11 million this offseason. His current deal goes through the 2025 season; so, two more years.

But, if the Bears wanted to lock Moore down for another year or two, they could save even more money. At the same time, they'd be able to afford another top-tier wide receiver like Michael Pittman Jr.

Let's assume the Bears wind up drafting a quarterback at no. 1 overall. They wouldn't have to worry about paying for a pricy quarterback contract for at least three years, giving them flexibility elsewhere. That's where a deal for Pittman makes sense.

The current Colts wideout is a big target, able to line up both outside and in the slot. But, he is lethal from the slot. The 26-year-old is 6-foot-4, 223 pounds and is as consistent as they come. He's played at least 15 games each of the last three seasons, so injuries aren't a major concern. And, he's used to being heavily relied upon, as noted by his 487 targets in four seasons.

Next to a guy like Moore, each of them would have more room to work. The pressure wouldn't be as large, and the Bears would have a pair of top-20 wide receivers in Chicago for the first time since Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.