As the 2022 NFL season concludes, the Chicago Bears have disappointed fans for the umpteenth time. Despite a massive breakout season from quarterback Justin Fields, the Bears enter Week 18 with a horrid 3-13 record, marking the 10th time since 2011 that Chicago will watch the postseason from the sidelines.
The potential is there for the Bears to be a threat in the near future as long as general manager Ryan Poles has a strong offseason showing. One thing he must do is trim off any and all excess fat, meaning several players will play their final game in a Bears uniform this Sunday.
In the meantime, here are three Bears who likely won't be on the roster for the 2023 NFL season.
Bears Offseason Rumors
1. Byron Pringle, WR
Byron Pringle was brought in over the offseason with the hope that he could be a reliable weapon for Fields. Instead, the veteran wideout dealt with injuries as soon as he arrived in the 'Windy City,' suiting up in just 10 games thus far. Unfortunately, Pringle didn't have any memorable performances, only catching nine of 15 targets for 130 receiving yards and two touchdowns. After making over $4 million this season, there's no reason why the Bears would be willing to re-sign Pringle at a similar cost. They can get similar production from cheaper options out on the open market or even through the draft. So, unless Pringle gives the Bears a reason to bring him back in Week 18, chances are that he'll be in a different jersey next season.
2. Trevor Siemian, QB
The Bears signed Trevor Siemian to a two-year deal in March 2022 to assume the role of Fields' backup. The 31-year-old only needed to start one game this season, but it didn't go as planned as Chicago was crushed 31-10 by the New York Jets in Week 12, suffering a season-ending oblique injury in the process. Although he's still under contract next season, the Bears could move on in favor of another backup QB. In terms of on-field play, the truth is that Siemian isn't a reliable No. 2 signal-caller, having lost his last six starts while not winning a game since 2017. The Bears can also create just over $1.9 million in cap space by buying him out this offseason, per Spotrac, which could help Chicago address bigger needs. Throw in the fact that there's no telling how Siemian will recover and it's clear that it'd be best for the Bears to move on.
3. Cody Whitehair, G
It's safe to say that Cody Whitehair did not live up to his $12.3 million cap hit this season. After being a reliable participant for the majority of his career, the Bears guard played a career-low 11 games and only recorded a 66.3 Pro Football Focus grade compared to the 76.3 mark he achieved back in 2020. With Whitehair now in his 30s, it's going to be even tougher to come back for significant injuries and his play will suffer for it, making it clear that he isn't worth the more than $20 million he's owed over the next two seasons. The good news for the Bears is that they can create just under $5.8 million in cap space by cutting him this offseason, according to Spotrac. That's a good chunk of change to help Poles improve the team, meaning it makes a ton of sense for Chicago to send Whitehair packing.
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