Last we checked, the Chicago Bears’ long-term salary cap situation appeared to be in better shape than the short term.
Here is some clarity regarding the Bears’ cap situation:
After the Bears clear $9M in cap space tomorrow with Charles Leno's release, they'll have ~$8.4M (someone else replaces him on Top 51)
Rookie class should account for ~$3.84 million in 2021 cap space, so Bears still at just $4.5M (in-season wiggle room, not much more) https://t.co/ZMkSYMb08b
— Brad Spielberger (@PFF_Brad) June 1, 2021
Alright, so there’s some good news. One the calendar jumps to June 2, the Bears will have enough cap space to sign their rookie class. Considering that no one from that group has signed yet, I imagine deals should be coming in due time once the cap space is available for it to happen. Unfortunately, when that is done, there doesn’t appear to be the type of room for a big splash summer signing. But this is where some much-needed creativity could come in handy.
The Bears could still clear cap space in other (albeit, unpopular) ways. Such as cutting Akiem Hicks to create $10 million, all while creating a hole on the defensive line (not to mention, my heart). They could part ways with tight end Jimmy Graham in a move that could clear $7 million in cap space. If you’d like to get weird, the Bears could cut Andy Dalton after June 1 and cream $2.5 million in cap space. Maybe Ifedi doesn’t make the cut at the end of the summer. A post June-1 cut there creams another $2 million (with a $750,000 dead money hit). What if Desmond Trufant doesn’t make it? That could be a savings of $1.075M without a dead money hit. All in all, the Bears have options if they *REALLY* want to create some cap space.
Imagine waking up on June 2 with enough cap space to add Morgan Moses (he’s coming for a visit) and install him as your team’s right tackle. And Bashaud Breeland (there’s reported interest there), who can walk in as a starting cornerback. The Bears could conceivably do that and be a better team on June 2 than they were on June 1. In the end, the Bears should maintain openness and flexibility to make this team (and future iterations) better.