5 players the Bears can sign with free cap space NFL just gave them

The league gifted NFL teams even more financial freedom than anticipated.

Chicago Bears, Curtis Samuel
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5. Leonard Williams, DL

Projected market value: $16.7 million annually

Finally, the Bears could go after a different defensive lineman who has the versatility to line up at either defensive end or defensive tackle within this Bears scheme. Leonard Williams is almost 30 years old, but had another productive season last year. The former first-round pick was dealt from the New York Giants to the Seattle Seahawks prior to last year's deadline, so one would assume he's a priority for Seattle to re-sign.

But, the Bears could come calling with even more money. Seattle is currently only projected to have roughly $13 million in cap space, which would not suffice if they are intending to bring Williams back.

Williams actually fits nicely next to Billins in Chicago as an interior pass rushing specialist, or he could man the end spot, as noted. Last season with the Seahawks, Williams registered 4.0 sacks, nine tackles for loss and 11 quarterback hits in 10 games.