Ranking which defensive ends won't make 53-man roster after Yannick Ngakoue signing

Chicago Bears, Yannick Ngakoue
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Chicago Bears, Trevis Gipson
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Ranking Chicago Bears DEs likely to be cut after Yannick Ngakoue signing

One player that will likely benefit the most from the Yannick Ngakoue signing is fourth-year veteran, Trevis Gipson. Gipson is coming off a down year of only three sacks, but the year before he had seven. The big difference was that Gipson saw the majority of double-teams last year — something he did not see as much in 2021. Now, Ngakoue is going to see the brunt of those double-teams — something he is obviously used to by now. The difference is that Ngakoue can handle them and Gipson has proven unable to succeed when taking on two blockers.

Gipson is in the final year of his rookie deal and could be in-line for a new contract at the end of the season. I doubt he is retained though. It would make more senes to see about extending Ngakoue than keeping Gipson. That said, I doubt either are on the roster in 2024 as Ryan Poles and his staff look to bolster the line in the 2024 NFL Draft. Remember, Poles needs to leave salary cap room for a Justin Fields extension assuming he lives up to his expectations this year.

I think Gipson is very safe and is almost a lock to make the final 53-man roster. None of the other players I've listed have the skill that Gipson posesses. The team will need to lean on him this season as they rotate through multiple defensive linemen.