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3 Players Who Won't Be on the Bears Roster Next Season

Max Staley
Three Chicago Bears who won't be on the roster in 2021.
Three Chicago Bears who won't be on the roster in 2021. / Nic Antaya/Getty Images

The Chicago Bears' No. 1 priority this offseason appears to be solving their quarterback issue. You could've written that sentence about the Bears any time in the past two decades, but that doesn't make it any less true.

In order to pull it off, however, Chicago will likely need to make some tough calls on the roster. Currently projected to be over the cap in 2021, the Bears have no hope of landing a difference maker at QB if they don't start shedding some salary.

With that in mind, here are three Bears that won't be back on the roster in 2021.

3. Mitchell Trubisky, QB

Let's start with the most obvious name on this list, Mitchell Trubisky. We don't need to go into detail about why Chicago feels it needs an upgrade over the reigning NVP. He's set to hit free agency this offseason and at this point, both parties could benefit from a divorce. Mitch gets a fresh start elsewhere and Chicago can use the money it saves by not re-signing him to pay another QB. That's a win-win move.

2. Akiem Hicks, DT

Akiem Hicks is a really good player. Though he's routinely dealt with injuries over the past few seasons, he's been an excellent contributor for Chicago when healthy. But if the Bears are really gearing up to make a run at someone like Carson Wentz, who carries a $34 million cap hit in 2021, it's hard to see them doing it with Hicks on the roster. Chicago can save $10.5 million while only taking on a dead cap hit of $1.5 million if it moves on from Hicks this offseason. It would be painful to see him go, but it might be an unfortunate reality if the Bears are hoping to land a high-price veteran QB. Things like this are one of the many reasons we argued the Bears should not be pursuing Wentz.

1. Allen Robinson, WR

The writing is on the wall with this one. And it has been for a while. Allen Robinson's comments earlier in the season showed some real frustration with the organization. More recently, he mentioned he wants to win a ring, which even the most optimistic Bears fans can admit isn't happening in Chicago next season. Set to hit unrestricted free agency, Robinson can get more money elsewhere, and the 27-year-old shouldn't have much trouble landing in a better situation offensively. For a guy that's only caught passes from the likes of Trubisky, Nick Foles and Blake Bortles since entering the league, that has to be enticing. It would legitimately be surprising to see Robinson return in 2021.

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