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Chicago Bears Prince Amukamara
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2017 Free Agent Class

Mike Glennon, Mark Sanchez, Quintin Demps, Dion Sims, Prince Amukamara, Marcus Cooper, Markus Wheaton, Tom Compton, Kendall Wright, John Jenkins and Benny Cunningham make up the 2017 free agency class.

We now know how bad Glennon is, but, at the time, there was still some mystery to him that made him an intriguing player. To a lot of us, it was clear that it was still a must to draft a quarterback, but that Glennon could be a decent bridge starter.

However, the Glennon deal fooled a lot of teams/analysts around the league into thinking that the Chicago Bears weren’t going to draft a quarterback in the first round. The nice thing about the Glennon deal is that it’s essentially a one year deal. Only a few million dollars will count against the cap next year.

Sanchez, Amukamara, Wright, Jenkins and Cunningham are all on one-year deals. Cooper signed a three-year deal but can be released after this season with only $1 million in dead cap. Demps is also on a three-year deal but can be cut after the season for only $666,667 in dead cap. I like Demps, but with the emergence of Amos, I see him getting cut. Like Demps, Sims can also be cut after the season with only $666,667 in dead cap.

I also like Cooper. He didn’t play well against the Lions, but I’ve liked what I’ve seen from him. However, he could be cut, despite signing a three-year deal and it would only count as $1 million in dead cap.

Compton is a solid offensive lineman and could resign as a depth lineman. Wright could return next season.

The signing of Sanchez was a smart one, because he has the experience that can help groom Trubisky. Sanchez played a big part in the development of Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Dak Prescott.

(All contract details courtesy of Spotrac)