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The Bears Have More Than $17 Million in Salary Cap Flexibility Right Now

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After passing the NFL’s deadline for opting out of playing in 2020 due to health concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, this feels like a good time for a reset the Bears’ salary cap situation.

ESPN’s Field Yates reports the Bears have $17,220,760 in available salary cap space. By Yates’ calculations, it’s the 15th most space in the league. Chicago gained additional space after opt outs from nose tackle Eddie Goldman and safety Jordan Lucas. And while it wasn’t enough to catapult them toward having the most cap space, some room is better than no room. In the end, the Bears find themselves firmly in the middle of the pack when it comes to salary cap flexibility right now. All things considered, that’s not bad!

So … what should they do with this cash? Let’s discuss some possibilities.

Money could be rolled over into next year’s cap space. In fact, that’s how they got the extra space in the first place (it’s there to cover Goldman and Lucas’ rolled over deals in 2021). And even though that doesn’t seem like the most exciting path, it could benefit the team in the long haul – seeing as Chicago alrady projects to be over the early estimated $175 million 2021 salary cap.

But to be honest, it would leave me unfulfilled if a team with postseason aspirations stands pat despite technically having more space.

The Bears could take some of their cap funds to sign a veteran at a position of need. For instance, nose tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison or high-profile defender Jadeveon Clowney could be game-changers on a short-term deal. Or perhaps depth along the interior (Josh Kline, Spencer Long, Michael Person) could be helpful. Somehow, cornerback Logan Ryan – who cracked the NFL Network’s top-100 rankings – is still a free agent. Again, there are options.

Ultimately, the best use of the Bears’ cap space could be to put it toward an Allen Robinson extension. Yeah, you better believe I’m still beating the drum there. In July, Robinson said he hadn’t heard anything from the Bears about a new contract. But more recently, GM Ryan Pace preached patience regarding a possible extension. And while I – and based on your replies on social media, many of you – want a deal done ASAP, Pace has a history of getting deals done this time of year. Perhaps some fresh cap flexibility will help matters.

Here’s a look at the full scope of cap situations across the NFL:

Only the Lions have more cap room among NFC North teams. So, in short, the Bears aren’t just in better shape than I might have otherwise thought, they’re in darn good shape. But that leaves me wondering what should they do with their new-found cap space? There are no shortage of options. But knowing what lies ahead with a possible shrinking cap should make the Bears cautious with whatever they do.

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.