Chicago Bears: Potential cap casualties in 2020 offseason

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Chicago Bears, Kyle Long
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1. Kyle Long

A player that’s become a fan favorite over the last few years due to his love for the Bears fanbase and the city of Chicago, the Bears made it clear that they were getting ready to move on from Kyle Long when they restructured his contract earlier in the 2019 offseason.

Next offseason, moving on from Long would end up saving the Bears $8.1 million dollars in cap space. Additionally, the Bears ended up signing Guard Alex Bars as an undrafted free agent. Coming out of Notre Dame, Bars was labeled as someone who despite his injury history could potentially be a starting offensive lineman in the NFL down the road.

Another major reason that Long is likely in his final season with the Bears is due to the fact that since the 2016 season, Long has just 25 starts over a three-year period. In other words, he’s missed 23 games since 2016.

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As much as Long loves the Bears and the Bears love Long, it appears that this marriage could be coming to an end sooner than expected. At some point, the Bears need to begin thinking about life without Long. If he agrees to take a pay cut, he could be back in 2020. However, if not, then the Bears will have a new starting right guard in 2019.