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.

Chicago Bears, Danielle Hunter
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3. Danielle Hunter, EDGE

One of the biggest names linked to the Bears in free agency is Minnesota Vikings edge rusher Danielle Hunter, who is coming off a career season where he posted 16.5 sacks. The Bears were second-to-last in sacks, as a team, in 2023. Although the defense improved mightily over the second half of the season, Chicago desperately needs to add help at this position.

Hunter is 29 years old, so it would make the most sense for the Bears to give him somewhere in the range of a 3-year deal worth $60 million. In the middle of his prime, Hunter is a guy you go out and sign if you think this team can be competitive enough to win in the next two or three years.

Of course, much of that again depends on what they do at quarterback.

But, having a duo like Hunter and Sweat off the edges could create one of the best tandems in football. Opposing offenses would have a difficult time handling these two, and the Bears are already great against the run. Talk about filling a need and improving a weakness. Hunter would be a monster signing.