3 moves that could save Chicago Bears $27M in cap space in 2024 

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2. The Chicago Bears have to cut Cody Whitehair this offseason 

This one is even more obvious than Eddie Jackson. The fact that Cody Whitehair was on the roster last year was surprising, considering the Bears could have signed two depth starters for the cost that they would have saved on Whitehair. Instead, they trusted Whitehair to start, and it went horribly. To be fair, they were asking a lot of Whitehair, as he had to move from guard to center and back to guard. 

Still, at his age and injury experience, the outcome was expected, and the Bears walked right into it. The Bears will save about $9.1M in cap space if they move on from Whitehair. It is hard to see any world where they bring him back, even at a reduced cost. 

With the $12.5M that they already plan to save from Jackson, these would combine to save them roughly $21.6M in cap space. They will have to find replacements for both, but both will be much cheaper than that cost.