NFL free agency officially begins Wednesday, March 16 at 3:00 p.m. CT, but the Chicago Bears have already made plenty of moves in terms of cuts and trades ahead of the start of the league’s new year.
The legal tampering period begins at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 14, by which time we should start hearing about potential signatures.
The Bears should have about $36.9 million in salary cap space, according to Spotrac, giving general manager Ryan Poles some breathing room to build his roster.
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Before free agency, the Bears offered their three exclusive free agents — tight end Jesper Horsted, center Sam Mustipher and offensive lineman Lachavious Simmons — to one-year contracts.
The Poles’ first big move as Bears GM traded star passer Khalil Mack to the Chargers in exchange for a 2022 second-round pick, 2023 sixth-round selection and 2022 salary cap savings and beyond. the remainder of Mack’s contract worth north of $60 million, which will result in cap savings of $28.5 million for 2023. Chicago’s starting rushers now consist of Robert Quinn and Trevis Gipson .
Bears release running back Tarik Cohen Bears release Tarik Cohen with injury designation with injury designation ESPN’s Adam Schefter noted that Cohen has not been able to pass a physical since he was tore his ACL in week 3 of the 2020 season Cohen’s release frees up $2.25 million If it’s a cut after June 1, it would only cost $1.75 million to Chicago and would free up $4 million in ceiling space.
The Bears are also set to release defensive tackle Eddie Goldman, which comes as no surprise given he was set to hit a salary cap of $11.8 million in 2022. Cut Goldman releases $6.7 million dollars in cap savings and costs $5.2 million in dead money, if not a cut after June 1. If it’s a cut after June 1, it would only cost Chicago about $3 million in dead money and free up $8.9 million in cap space. techniques and three-technique roles on the defensive line.
According to beat Cardinals reporter Johnny Venerable, the Bears have been showing interest in wide receiver Christian Kirk “for weeks now.” , a former 2018 second-round pick, is coming off a career year with Arizona where he had 77 receptions for 982 yards and five touchdowns. He’s the kind of receiver the Bears want to surround Fields with.
The Bears have been linked to center Brian Allen throughout the pre-free agency process. And according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago GrandstandBears ‘could be in play’ for Allen’s serves There are a host of needs along the offensive line, and the center is one of them.