4. Eddie Jackson, S
Similar to Cody Whitehair's situation, the Bears are in a spot where they can choose to cut veteran safety Eddie Jackson and save a good amount of money. Chicago is already in the top-10 in terms of available, projected cap space this offseason. And in cutting Whitehair (around $9 million savings) and Jackson (roughly $13 million savings), that number could skyrocket even further.
We've talked extensively about Jackson over the past year or two. Fans know his story by now. Coming in as a ball hawk and regarded as one of the league's top safeties after his first two seasons, Jackson played his way into a large extension.
But, since being given that multi-year deal, Jackson's play has taken a significant step backwards. He has allowed countless plays behind him, often getting caught out of position on deep crossing type routes. He's also forgotten how to make a tackle, it's seemed. Jackson's tackling has been bottom of the barrel over the past two seasons, and Chicago cannot afford that type of play from a safety making as much money as he is.
Within a young, rising secondary, Jackson is the weak link. This is an easy decision for Chicago to make.