3 Players Who Won't Be on the Bears Roster Next Season
By Larry Rupp
The Chicago Bears came into the 2021-22 NFL season with playoff aspirations, but injuries and inconsistent play has plagued them all year long. They are quickly falling behind in the NFC Wild Card race and eyes are starting to turn to what plans the front office has in mind for the offseason.
It's clear that this roster is going to have to go through some changes in order to keep up with the competition. With that being said, here are three players who won't be on the Bears roster next season.
1. Allen Robinson, WR
The Bears took a risk by not signing Allen Robinson to a long-term extension last summer and now everything is trending towards him signing elsewhere in free agency. The Pro Bowler has not been able to develop any sort of chemistry with rookie quarterback Justin Fields. In fact, Robinson is averaging a career-low 11.3 yards per reception and is on pace to post his lowest receiving yards total as a Bear. His frustration has to be at an all-time high and NFL teams have shown a tendency to pay up for the best receivers on the market. It's hard to see a scenario where Robinson ends up back in Chicago next season.
2. Akiem Hicks, DT
Another fan favorite set to hit free agency this offseason is defensive tackle Akiem Hicks. The veteran pass-rusher has spent the last six seasons of his 10-year career in Chicago, but his performance is starting to decline. Hicks has missed 17 games since the beginning of the 2019 season and has racked up only 6.5 sacks during that same span. Keep in mind that Hicks is now 32 years old, so he may be entering the final stretch of his career. The Bears have to be smart about where they spend their money and brining back Hicks seems like a lateral move. Don't be surprised if the Pro Bowler is suiting up elsewhere next year.
3. Nick Foles, QB
Chicago had high hopes for quarterback Nick Foles when they traded for him prior to the start of the 2020 season. However, the veteran signal-caller posted a poor 2-5 record during his 7 starts and finds himself at No. 3 on the depth chart this year. It simply doesn't make sense for the Bears to be taking on a cap hit of over $10 million to roster a QB that never sees the field. Moving on from Foles wouldn't save Chicago as much as you'd think, as he'd carry a $7.6 million dead cap hit, but it's still hard to see him returning next year.
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