The Chicago Bears cleaned house this offseason, bringing in a new head coach and general manager in Matt Eberflus and Ryan Poles, respectively. The duo will need to do everything in their power to ensure Justin Fields is in a better position in year two than he was in year one.
To do that, Chicago may have to clear up some cap space. Currently, the Bears are projected to have about $25.6 million (No. 13 in the NFL), per Spotrac. Here are three veterans the Bears could be moving on from to create more space this offseason.
Bears Cuts 2022
3. Tarik Cohen, RB
Tarik Cohen is electric when he's right, but he hasn't really been right in a while. Cohen played just three games in 2020 and missed the entire 2021 campaign. To make matters worse, Poles didn't exactly seem confident that Cohen was healthy when speaking about the RB earlier this offseason. He's got the eighth-highest cap hit on the team in 2022, and moving on from the change-of-pace back would save the Bears about $2.25 million. Khalil Herbert looks like an excellent RB2, and it could be tough to justify paying Cohen that much money to serve as an RB3 and return man, even if the savings aren't anything crazy.
2. Jeremiah Attaochu, EDGE
Jeremiah Attaochu only played in five games last year, and it could be tough to justify bringing him back at a $3.1 million cap hit. Moving on from the 29-year-old would save Chicago about $2.3 million, and that money could go a long way toward rebuilding the offensive line and skill-position group. Attaochu will likely be playing elsewhere in 2022.
1. Eddie Goldman, DT
Eddie Goldman took a huge step back in 2021. He graded out as the fourth-worst interior defender among 110 qualified players, per ProFootballFocus. This is a real conundrum for Poles. While Goldman has been excellent in the past, he's set to have the fifth-highest cap hit on the team next year at $11.8 million and certainly did not look worth the price tag in 2021. But Chicago might also be losing Akiem Hicks this offseason. If both players bolt, the Bears would have a huge hole in the middle of the D-Line. Ultimately, the $6.6 million Poles would save by cutting Goldman is just too tempting to pass up. Chicago has holes everywhere on offense, and improving Fields' supporting cast has to be this team's No. 1 priority. Cutting Goldman would give Chicago a lot more wiggle room to make those upgrades.
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