2. Retain Bryce Callahan but let Adrian Amos walk
This is likely going to be the Bears toughest decision of the offseason. Both Bryce Callahan and Adrian Amos have become staples on the Bears defense over the last three years. Now, the Bears are likely going to be forced to let one go at the expense of the other.
Going into 2019, the ideal scenario would be to retain both and keep the continuity flowing in the Bears defense, however, Callahan is much more valuable to the Bears than Amos. And it showed over the final three games of the season.
While there has been talk of Amos wanting to be back with the Bears, the main thing that could drive him out of town is his asking price. If Amos demands the eight or nine million dollars a year that he’s been rumored to be asking for, it’s hard to see the Bears living up to that demand.
This is where Callahan comes into the picture. Bringing him back means the Bears can continue to have an excellent cornerback trio of Prince Amukamara, Kyle Fuller, and Bryce Callahan. At this point, it’s unclear how much money Callahan wants, but the Bears could see him return at a discount.
After his 2018 season ended with a broken foot and he missed the final four games of the season, the Bears could use Callahan’s injury history against him as a way of potentially luring him into signing a cheaper contract.
It won’t be easy but the Bears have found ways to get creative when it comes to contract decisions and even though Bryce Callahan is set to cash in this offseason, doing so at the expense of Adrian Amos would allow for this team to bring back one of the more underrated players on the Bears.